I was once told this by a headmaster at a school where I was teaching a bit of music.
Anyway, it doesn't really matter who said it on that occasion, as I have heard it said a few other times as well.
College majors in music are encouraged to play the piano as well as their primary instrument, and sometimes it is compulsory.
I have some ideas about the thinking behind this:
1. The piano is probably the most influential and most composed-for instrument in the classical tradition.
A lack of basic understanding of the piano carries with it a lack of understanding of the keyboard works or Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, etc, which are milestones.
2. The logic of the piano keyboard is the starting point of western harmony - you can use it to demonstrate chorales, hymns, classical harmony, etc.
3. The piano keyboard covers the entire range of the classical orchestra, so it can be used to illustrate the role of, for example, low octaves between cello and bass, up to the piccolo. It can be used as a visual starting point for the spread of instruments in an orchestral score.
4. The piano is the most obvious instrument for accompaniment for singers, choirs, instrumentalists, etc. It is expected that a musician should be able to fill such a role if needed.
so over to you - what do you think?
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