Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mrs. Denie Riggs
Founding Director of Early Childhood Music 

Every time I hear it, I get fired up.  Scientists are doing music research and discovering more piano benefits, even faster than I can follow.  That’s right.  God created us to be benefited by the power of music… and we are still just touching the surface of the benefits enabled by the study at the piano, of singing and other active musical engagements.


Here is a list of music research piano benefits that may astonish you!


  • Did you know that a cancer cell totally annihilates itself after nine minutes of exposure to a woman’s voice singing solfege with the xylophone?


  • Did you know that a hormone is found in senior citizens after twenty weeks of group piano lessons?  This hormone retards the effects of aging, also known as HGF.


  • Did you know that babies are born with natural rhythm?, However, that window closes around age 7, causing correct timing to be the main issue with learning to play music above age 7 years.


  • Did you know that at no time is music more beneficial than when a prenatal baby is forming and for the first five years of a child’s life?


  •  Did you know that when you play the piano and sing, the brain function is the highest of any activity you can be involved in, no matter what your age?


  • Did you know that for a preschool child, that enhancement lasts for the rest of their life?


  • Did you know that children as young as three years old, when given the right program, can learn to read and play piano, by note, enhancing their brain function for life?


  • Did you know that children and teens are enriched academically when they practice in the morning as the enhancement lasts for four or five hours?


  • Did you know that babies in utero have natural rhythm, moving to the beat of music in mom’s environment?


  • Did you know that listening to a certain style of music during your first trimester gives you a better chance of carrying the baby to full term?


  • Did you know that every baby is born with natural rhythm and ear-training, the prerequisites for musical ability?


  • Did you know that 5 out of 7 non-verbal children with severe autism began saying new words after participating in our non-traditional piano curriculum for only 8 weeks?


  • Did you know that nearly all of our Early Childhood Music graduates receive straight A’s at the time of their graduation?  They also read usually 2-4 grades above their peers?


  • Did you know that with our non-traditional curriculum, our students begin to play the piano by age 4.5 years?


  • Did you know that by age 7 the windows of natural rhythm and ear training are closing?


  • Did you know that the top nations in academics have mandatory music requirements for their children?


  • Did you know that more musicians are admitted to med-school than bio-chemistry majors?   66-33%


Recently a mom of a newly enrolled five-year old student in our Early Childhood Music™ (ECM) program explained that her son loves to attend music class, however he doesn’t want to practice at home.  He’d rather play outside.  “I don’t want to force him…I want him to want to practice.”


piano lessons bring much benefit to children and adults

The power of the piano changes the academics for life! And it’s fun!

Her words are typical.  However, sometimes parents need to make wise decisions as to what is best for your child, because children are too young to do that for themselves.  It’s like brushing their teeth; you don’t give them an option as to whether or not they can skip this activity, because you know it is good for them.


Using a simple reward system will do wonders to encourage children to learn a new skill, until the joy of the skill brings it’s own reward.


After witnessing the amazing accomplishments in our ECM students, we believe that music lessons, especially at the piano, should be the norm for every person in America, no matter what their age.


 Scientific data backs me up.  So does the Bible.


 The Bible instructs us to sing and make music to the Lord.  It doesn’t say, ‘Sing if you can, or play an instrument if you have talent,’ because God gives everybody talent at birth…it’s that early environment that makes the difference!  Early exposure is best, but at any age music will enhance your life.


 Now you know!  Come on everybody…let’s make music!

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