Are Piano Lessons Worth It?

by MyDadBlog on August 14, 2012

in Music

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We’ve been paying for piano lessons for our oldest son for 2 years now.  We’ll probably continue to do so at least through middle school.  By the time he reaches high school, he’ll probably be inundated with sports, hobbies, girls or perhaps take up a new instrument like guitar.  Many people don’t bother with music for their children, and focus solely on sports or scholastics, but there’s plenty of evidence out there that starting to learn music at an early age develops certain regions of the brain that are helpful later in life for spatial recognition and other science/math-related studies.

Aside from potential early development, you also learn about math and most importantly, discipline.  Each week, the piano teacher expects him to have practiced a certain number of pages and master a piece to a certain level, which is akin to homework, writing papers and doing projects that he’ll have to contend with later in his academic career.  I’ve also personally enjoyed doing the lessons with him.  I used to play guitar as a teenager so I have a pretty good grasp of music and was able to pick piano up pretty quickly myself with a couple basic lessons alongside my son when he first started.  Now, somewhat comically, for his recitals, the teacher insists I do a duet with him up on the stage each year.  While I feel kind of goofy, my son really enjoys it and it’s something we do together.

As far as pricing, we end up paying $20 per lesson which is pretty cheap considering my parents used to pay $25 a lesson 20 years ago when I was playing guitar.  I drive him to the teacher and she’s a retired school teacher so I presume she’s doing it cash under the table.  Anyway, not everyone has the same outlet, so for instance, if you’re in the market for chicago piano lessons, there are plenty of options to choose from, but given that it’s a large city, expect to pay a bit more; we’re in a lower cost suburb in PA.  Regardless, in the grand scheme of things, from both a scholastic and discipline standpoint, I think piano lessons are well worth it.  Check out for more details.

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