Throughout your lessons at The Music Studio, you will hear time and time again from all of your teachers, that when you practice at home be sure to review/practice old pieces, as well as new ones.
The best way to explain why review is very important? SONGS ARE LIKE FRIENDS. Sure new friends come along from time to time, but it's important to check on the friends you've had for years. The friends you have kept longer, you know better and can build a deeper relationship with. As for your new friends, you are just getting to know them and can use your current friendships to build your new ones even further.
All in all, it's a good idea to keep those old pieces around. After all, they are all apart of the musician/person you are today (:
Before I begin this article, please understand that in no way am I saying the piano is easier than any other instrument. Truthfully, it is one of the hardest: you have to be able to decode the notes of 2 clefs (as opposed to 1_ and use both hands that play different notes, rhythms, and keys at the same time....eventually, you'll have to throw in your feet to push down and up the pedals that lay underneath your keyboard. Although, this may be difficult, learning the piano encompasses the discipline, muscle memory, hand-eye (and foot) coordination, and cognitive thinking needed to play other instruments. In other words, you develop a plethora of musical knowledge that makes other instruments seem simplified.
Don't get me wrong, any instrument you learn whether it's piano, saxophone, cello, voice, guitar, etc. will be difficult at first. Getting used to a knew sound, holding an instrument differently, and the muscles needed for certain instruments all take some getting used to. The key component is your knowledge of the Music Theory and Ear Training you receive from learning how to play the piano.
In all, we always recommend learning the piano first before any other instrument. Our students that know how to play piano before starting other instruments tend to progress at a faster pace than those who do not. Before you know it, those students have two (sometimes more) instruments up their sleeves!