Originally Posted by Formerly Given To Fly
If a student has 1 year of piano before they start another instrument, they will have an easier time with everything related to music. That is why music teachers strongly recommend it. It is less about playing the piano and more about learning how to accurately turn notation/ideas into sound on an instrument. Your keyboard should come in handy!
And if a student has two or three years of piano... it's even better.
Not keeping up with my piano studies because piano "isn't cool when you're a teenager" is a big regret.
I personally feel like piano is also the "root language" of modern music and no instrument is as usefil when I was in bands, for being able to convey a musical idea or to establish communication musically.