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10 Benefits of playing the Piano
1. SHARPENS THE INTELLECT
Piano practice boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities by activating similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning, which figures heavily in Maths, Science, and Engineering.
2. DEVELOP PASSION AND DILIGENCE
High achievement has been linked not to innate talent, but to a combination of passion and discipline. Playing piano builds these good habits through dedication and goal-setting.
3. MAINTAINS AN AGING BRAIN’S HEALTH
Research has shown that piano lessons for older adults have a significant impact on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone, which slows down the adverse effects of aging.
4. EXERCISES THE BODY
Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, improving fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordinations, as well as to decrease blood pressure and increase immune response.
5. ENCOURAGES CREATIVITY
Music affects our creativity through enhanced brain activity. This can inspire innovative solutions and evoke memories, emotions, and experiences – all powerful catalysts for ideation.
6. STRENGTHENS MEMORY
Studying piano has been shown to have a remarkable effect on memory – particularly with language. Children who have a few years of piano study under their belts can remember 27% more vocabulary words than their peers.
7. ELEVATES MOODS
Have you ever experienced a sensation of “chills” when listening to music? Playing piano can alter emotions through the release of serotonin and dopamine, “feel-good” positive emotions.
8. Calms the mind
Time spent playing piano improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. It is also a widely-used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder.
9. FOSTERS COMMUNITY
For more than 300 years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing together families and friends, and strengthening communities with the power of music.
10. BOOSTS CONFIDENCE
Playing piano provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. The ability to respond to constructive criticism – and learn from it – helps generate a positive outlook on life.
“To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable”
– Ludwig Van Beethoven
“Don’t practise till you get it right. Practise until you can’t get it wrong!” – Unknown
“The difference between Ordinary and Extraordinary is practice” – Vladamir Horowitz