I am a mother of two: a 7 year old girl and a 5 year old
boy. They both go to private schools where they do music.
Since I don't have a musical background, I am not quite
sure if it is important to also start them on piano lessons. I
would really appreciate some experienced advice as to
what you consider beneficial in taking piano lessons for
Thank you so much for your time and input.
There have been studies done where kids that can play a musical instrument have better scores in math.
I took piano lessons when I was younger. At the time, I didn't really like them and thought they were a chore, but only because the teachers made me play music I didn't really like. But once I got to a level where I could play simple Beethoven and Bach pieces, I felt like I could "master" this instrument somewhat, and then it became a lot of fun for me. (I'm also great at math. Some of that could probably be attributed to music.)
If you can afford it, music lessons are highly recommended for any child.
My mom has been a piano teacher my whole life (I am 30). Her opinion is that 8 is a good age to start. You should contact a local piano teacher and see what their age recommendation is.
Instruments are wonderful for a child's learning, but remember that for a child to get better (and please their piano teacher), they will need to WANT to do it. My mom always says that she hears adults say how they wish their mom had "made" them keep taking lessons when they wanted to stop, but the truth is that no one can "make" you learn piano or any other instrument. It takes a bit of self motivation to learn the piano so you may want to evaluate your children's desire to learn.