Today I was planning on writing a nice juicy blog post on juicing and the health benefits of that, and I still plan on writing that for you all, but something sparked my interest today on Facebook (shared by my Mommy and my sissy Anna) and it got my mind a-whirling. I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write a blog post about it. But as I began to write I realized I had A TON to say on this subject, so I’m making you a little promise… this blog post is going to be a researched and multi-part blog post, aka I am going to have several blog posts pertaining to this subject within the next week or so. Therefore, welcome all, to PART ONE.
What was the topic of this wonderful article I read? Piano and music for young children. It makes a point in saying that taking something like piano lessons at a young age can help emotional and behavioral maturity in young children, and goes on to explain the experiment used. Not only that, but it made the point in saying that music education in young children can provide the stability and tools to help cope with ADHD, depression, and anxiety.
My parents made me start taking piano lessons when I was in 2nd grade, I could never fully appreciate the fact that they were setting me up with a lifelong skill and hobby. It wasn’t until I was married and without a piano that I realized how much I loved playing. And then God was generous, as always, heard my prayers, and provided my husband and I with a free used piano. But then we moved and couldn’t take the piano with us. So now, it is sitting in my parents’s house less than half a mile away, looking a tad sad next to their beautiful piano but still part of the brotherhood of music makers.
(This piano will always by my favorite piano… Always. No matter what. It’s my parent’s piano and it’s the piano I learned how to play on. 10 points to Gryffindor and a high five to whomever can name the hymn that the hymnal is open to.)
(This is the well aged piano that God nicely plopped into our lap!)
So I’ve decided to add another ingredient to my little journey to heal my mind. Music. We play music in the house a lot, but it’s not the same as sitting down and playing an instrument, which for me is piano. So here is my next commitment: I’m going to make an effort to sit down and play the piano a couple times a week whenever I go over to my parents’. Here’s the thing, so many people say they have no natural musical talent, but everyone craves music. Those people who say they don’t like music are few and far between. Even as adults, we can benefit from daily exposure to music, which can shape and influence our moods. Want to take it a step further? Join your church choir, start adult piano lessons, or any instrument you’ve been interested in. Might it cost a little extra money? Yes, but you’ll be investing in a skill that could last you a lifetime and a hobby that can help shape your coping skills. Musical therapy can…. well you know what? I’ll talk about musical therapy in the next post…
I am not a doctor or physician, but I consulted both before starting my journey. If you need help consult the professionals immediately! I have no training. The professionals do and they are there to help!
I’m also not a music expert, except I like music because it’s real purdy.