If you thought your piano skills are simply meant to make you happy or let you master classical piano compositions, then you need to think again. Or if you loathe the piano lessons and practice sessions that your parents are so keen about, then this post is for you.

Piano music is a great gift to humanity and its benefits cannot be overrated, but these benefits cannot be divorced from piano skills. When you learn to play the piano, you are learning to make music. Gaining piano skills will not only benefit you as the musician, it will also benefit your hearers. In this post, you will see how it can benefit more than just you and your hearers.

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A Passionate Piano Teacher

In order one to become a piano teacher, a person needs to develop the necessary skills and perfect them. This gives one the confidence needed to teach others. Laura Kauppi is a passionate piano player, but her passiondid not stop at simply playing. She discovered that she loved teaching others piano as well. For the past twelve years, she has been teaching piano where she lives.

“When I started teaching, I realized I absolutely loved teaching piano and I wanted to keep doing it, so I’ve been teaching for 12 years now,” Kauppi said. Via The Batavian

Benefits of Piano Teaching

The interesting thing about having piano skills is that you can use them to your benefit, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Laura, who loved piano, used her abilities to get herself through college. Through teaching piano, she was able to generate an income that would support her education. Besides, who wouldn’t want to make money doing what they love?

Kauppi studies piano performance at Geneseo while pursuing an undergraduate degree in another field, but put herself through college teaching piano. Via The Batavian

As a result, she has also been able to reach a lot of children in her area as she teaches them the instrument that she has loved for a long time.

Kauppi usually teaches at her studio in Amherst but felt compelled to give back to her community closer to home. Via WBTA1490

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Looking Beyond

Most people have an innate desire to help the less privileged people around them. It is always unnerving to see a fellow human being suffer in one way or another when there’s something you can do about it. Laura felt this when she realized that she was only teaching children that could afford the lessons. She had different thoughts about it.

The way Laura Kauppi sees it, every child, regardless of income, should have a chance to learn piano. Via The Batavian

Benefits of Learning Piano

Laura is well aware of the great advantages that come with learning the piano. She believes that these benefits should not be restricted to the rich, but should also be extended to those who are not so privileged. This is only possible when opportunities to learn piano skills are availed to the less privileged as well.

She said the benefits of learning piano should not just be for those who can afford it.  “I think that every child should be able to learn how to play piano because it can help your brain develop so much and I want low-income kids to have all the advantages that higher income kids do.” Via WBTA1490

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Taking Action

With this in mind, and in an effort to make a difference in her own small way, she decided to do something about it. This is how she did it:

The Corfu native who teaches piano to a lot of higher income kids in Amherst, decided recently that she wants to give back to her local community and has partnered with Roxy’s Music to offer piano lessons to low-income children. Via The Batavian

The Initiative

Laura, armed with her passion for piano teaching and an outstretched arm to her community, organized a program specifically tailored to meet the needs of the vast number of low-income children in her area.

She’s calling the program, “Every Child Music School.”

For qualifying students, classes are three times a month for 20 minutes at $3 per lesson. To qualify, parents need to show a benefits card, such as a WIC card, at the first lesson.  The lessons are available to children 18 months and older. Via The Batavian

Conclusion

If you thought the opportunities that you have to learn piano skills are not worth your time or money, now you know this is simply not true. Piano skills have the potential of not only benefitting you and your loved ones but also making a difference in the world around you like Laura is doing.

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