親が習い事に求めるもの : ピアノを習わせている親への調査に基づいて [in Japanese] Benefits of Lessons Expected by Parents : Results of a Survey on Parents Enrolling Their Children in Piano Lessons [in Japanese]
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With the declining birth rate, parents are becoming increasingly interested in childhoodeducation. While the objective of cram schools and English lessons, which are targeted atadvancement to higher education, is enhancement of academic ability, the expected benefits oflessons in activities such as piano and sports are not the acquisition of special knowledge or skills,but rather the development of physical fitness, concentration, and other abilities that are usefulin daily life, as well as rich interpersonal relationships with instructors and friends. Learning thepiano in particular promotes mental toughness as it involves daily practice at home, and pianorecitals and competitions were thought to provide a sense of achievement. Learning the piano wasalso associated with strengthening of bonds with family members providing support. Few parentswished for their children to specialize in music and become a musician, and most parents wishedfor their children to continue playing the piano as a hobby. This may reflect the finding that thebenefits expected by parents in piano lessons are not the acquisition of skills and knowledge usefulfor their future paths, but enrichment of their lives.
広島文化学園大学学芸学部紀要 (3), 9-17, 2013-03