Playing piano is scientifically proven to help young minds develop. It promotes concentration, creativity and leads to better intuition and reasoning. And the earlier children begin playing, the more they profit.
But that’s often a problem in many elementary schools where there are no pianos and music lessons are limited. And after a long day of school, students often lack the energy, motivation or even time for music school or private lessons.
If the next generation grows up not playing the piano, that’s both a cultural and financial threat, at least for piano makers like the renowned C. Bechstein factory in Berlin.
That’s why the Carl Bechstein Foundation — named for the piano craftsman who founded the company in 1853 — started providing pianos free of charge to elementary schools in the capital. Today students at more than 80 elementary schools can play pianos donated by the foundation, which recently received the 2015 German Cultural Promotion Award in the “midsized companies” category.