Benefits of Piano Study
Music and Your Brain
What happens to our brains when we listen to music? How can music so thoroughly effect our emotions? Can music really affect learning? Take a look at this infographic produced by the University of Florida to learn more about how our brains receive and process music. Then stop by an M. Steinert & Sons showroom in Boston or Natick to get a mental boost from some great music!
10 BENEFITS OF PLAYING 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 math, science, and engineering.
2. DEVELOPS 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 processes.
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 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 One motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce heart and respiratory rates and cardiac complications, 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 twenty percent 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” neurotransmitters that provide the brain with 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.
The Psychology of Music | Visual.ly