Piano lessons are a fundamental way to gain a broad appreciation of music. However, extraordinary benefits that arise from playing the piano are primarily non-musical.
A piano student learns to read two lines of music, use both ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers, with the brain giving each body part a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all of these skills in such a constructive manner. Piano lessons, therefore, develop coordination in both mind and muscles, which transfers to many daily activities. This includes improved hand-eye coordination, greater enjoyment and ability in sports, and the full use of both left and right sides of the brain.
As a student begins to experience the benefits of concentration and coordination, he or she begins to experience a sense of confidence. Completing a difficult task is very rewarding and allows the student to feel good about what they have accomplished. As a matter of fact, learning to play the piano is one of the best methods of instilling confidence in children and adults alike. Concentration, coordination, and confidence form a foundation unsurpassed for helping students grow.
One recent MIT study determined that the cerebral cortex of a concert pianist is enlarged by 30% on average compared to people that are considered intellectuals, but who did not have instrumental music education. This article talks about how music training is linked to enhanced verbal skills and how the piano is an educational tool that can help accelerate a child’s development and help adults maintain and gain benefits in brain age.
Discipline, patience, determination and perseverance are some of the many other skills learned through piano training. Successful piano students have to work daily over extended periods of time in order to learn complex music. Piano helps students understand the concept of sustained effort, accomplish excellence and learn to put to practice the meaning of hard work.
Much More Than A Feel Good Tool
There are many benefits to playing the piano. Personal fulfillment, entertainment, social interaction, cognitive improvement, mental and physical therapy, meditation—just to name a few. Piano playing can lift your spirit as soon as you begin to play. It arouses your senses and allows you to express very powerful emotions. It can center you.
A Michigan State University research project clearly found keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.
"A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between
School Music Participation and Academic Achievement,"
by Martin Guhn, PhD, Scott D. Emerson, MSc, and Peter Gouzouasis, PhD.
The Journal of Educational Psychology.
Published June 20, 2019.
Provided by American Psychological Association