Learning to play the piano is enjoyable and not as hard as people think! Piano music, in particular, can bring out strong emotions in both the listener and player. The piano was designed to reflect human emotion and feeling, so it’s no wonder that people react strongly and feel many emotions through learning to play it.
Studies show that playing the piano improves mental health. People who play the piano tend to experience less anxiety and depression than their non musical counterparts. Playing for a few minutes a day can improve self-esteem, make you feel more positive, and can lower your blood pressure. It is great for helping students to cope with the pressure of exams. Learning to play the piano is also commonly used to help treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Better performance at school/exam results
School students who take piano lessons have better general and spatial cognitive development than students who do not take lessons. If you took music lessons as a child, you’ll be better able to retain information in your college lectures. And in an increasingly frenetic world, it is more important than ever to be able to focus. Playing the piano has been proven to help improve concentration, which helps in every area of life.
Split concentration, also called divided attention, is an integral part of playing the piano, which helps sharpen your concentration skills. To play the piano, one must use both hands, read music, listen to the notes you’re playing, and work the pedals. That’s a lot to do at once! Once you become adept at using split concentration at the piano, you will find your multitasking skills in the outside world also greatly improve.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change form and function specifically when stimulated by physical activity.
Playing the piano changes the brain in a positive way! Studies show that music stimulates the brain in a way no other activity does. While playing a piece on the piano, you are adding new neural connections, which primes your brain for other forms of communication. So while you think you are just working on a particularly tough piano piece, you are also improving your memory, attention, speech, language, spatial and maths skills, and even the ability to vocally convey emotions.
Its good for your physical health
Regular piano playing offers different physical and physiological advantages to players. It sharpens fine motor skills, improves dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Music has also been shown to reduce heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, and to lower blood pressure and increase immune response. Playing the piano also makes your hands and arm muscles much stronger than the average person.
Improved aural skills
Playing the piano can improve your overall aural awareness no matter where you fall in this range. Playing the piano trains you to recognize tones, intervals, and chords as well as helping you to develop a sense of pitch. And it doesn’t matter how young or old you start! No matter your age, playing the piano and taking piano lessons helps to improve your aural awareness. Good aural awareness makes it easier to identify and understand sound patterns of foreign languages, can fight dyslexia while it is still developing, and can help you if you have trouble hearing when there is a lot of background noise.
Helps develop emotional intelligence
Leaning the piano helps to develop overall emotional intelligence through accessing different areas of the brain and bringing our sensitivity in learners. This in turn helps a person to become more caring and compassionate in the world.
Improves confidence and self esteem
Learning to play the piano helps greatly with developing a positive sense of self and confidence. Sharing music with others and finding their own music further develops these attributes.
Allows connections with others through learning the universal language of music
Music is a language that connects across all cultures and age ranges and knows no boundaries. Once a student has learnt to read music and learnt the foundations of music, they have a skill for life which can help them connect and be happy anywhere in the world.