Monday, July 16, 2018

PianoPiano - Piano Rental for Short or Long Term

A new study confirms that early exposure to piano practice enhances children's language skills and spikes their ability to learn. As the "drop off" age of language learning is pinpointed to plummet at age 10, piano-playing can assist in elongating children's total fluency.  (More evidence of music's benefits from NAFME and this report.) 

So what's the next step? For parents struggling with the idea of purchasing a piano and finding the right teacher for their child, PianoPiano, the #1 piano rental service, allows you to rent a piano for a few days, months, years or beyond. 

With over 60 years in the piano rental business, PianoPiano has placed pianos in Carnegie Hall, hotels, concerts and countless homes of families that are interested in seeing how their child will react to the instrument.

I had a chance to interview Sarah Binder Mehta, President and leading lady of PianoPiano, about the importance of early childhood piano playing as well as the various programs the company can provide to children who are just getting started on the keys. 

How can music affect a child's ability to learn other subjects?
Studies show that children who are musically trained from an early age can do better at a range of subjects such as mathematics, science, arts and language. They also soon learn that there is reward for hard work, practice, and discipline. Learning to read music with its concepts of time, rhythm and pitch, can have a direct effect on a child's ability with mathematics and active listening. Specifically, giving your children piano lessons into their teens, activates both lobes of the brain (unlike other instruments), enabling children to better understand science, math and language concepts and achieve higher scores on standardized tests.

What are the advantages of renting a piano versus buying one?
Renting a piano allows the parent to see if their child will love the piano without making the big financial commitment of a purchase.  The first 12 months of rental payments can be applied toward the purchase of the piano or you can continue renting forever and the low monthly rental price will never increase.  You also don’t have to worry about getting a “lemon” off ebay or from a friend.  We deliver the piano, tune it in your home, and make everything really easy.  Renting is the most affordable and flexible way to have a piano in your home.

As a company based in NYC, how do you reach those who’d like to rent pianos from around the country?
Right now, we only deliver on the East Coast – from Hartford, CT south to Philadelphia, PA.  We are increasingly seeing inquiries from the Midwest, west coast and south – hopefully we’ll be expanding to those areas soon.

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