Play goodbye to stress
People who play the piano tend to experience less anxiety and depression. In fact, playing for just a few minutes a day can improve self-esteem, make you feel more positive and lower your blood pressure.
Hocus, pocus, focus!
Playing a musical instrument is perhaps the only activity during which almost all brain areas are simultaneously activated. By way of illustration: To play the piano, one must use both hands, read music, listen to the notes, and work the pedals. Mastering this tall order will also take your multitasking skills to the next level.
Uncapped memory capacity
While you learn and play songs, the stimulated areas of your brain become larger and therefore more active.
Brain transformation station
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change form and function specifically when stimulated by physical activity. While playing the piano, you will be adding new neural connections which primes your brain for other forms of communication. And if the piece you’re playing is particularly difficult, you’ll be giving an even bigger boost to your memory, attention span, speech, language, spatial and math skills and even the ability to vocally convey emotions.
Improved Academic Performance
Playing the piano has been proven to help improve concentration. University studies conducted in Georgia* and Texas* found significant correlations between the number of years of instrumental music instruction and academic achievement in math, science, and language arts.
*(University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent)
Greater perseverance and discipline
Consistent practise will teach you to stay motivated and patient. It will also increase your perseverance and improve your discipline; skills which will stand you in good stead when confronted with difficult tasks, whether at school, university, or work.
Magic for muscles, motor skills, and much more
Regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves dexterity and hand-eye coordination while strengthening arm and hand muscles. Music has also been shown to reduce heart and respiratory rates and cardiac complications while lowering blood pressure and increasing immune response.
Piano playing trains you to recognize tones, intervals and chords as well as developing a sense of pitch.
Good aural awareness can also:
Growing for gold
Studies show that students who take piano lessons had increased levels of HgH (Human Growth Hormone) in their system. This substance triggers growth in children and adolescents, assists in improving a wide range of bodily functions and will help aspiring pianists to keep their energy levels up and prevent aches and pains in old age.
Ups your EQ
Playing the piano enhances your listening skills, which is also an important asset when you interact with other people. Studies have, in fact, revealed that musicians are more perceptive in interpreting the emotions of others.
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