Here Are 10 Reasons Why Learning to Play the Piano is a Great Idea:

1. Sharpens the intellect.

Piano practice boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities by activating similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning. 

2. Develops passion and diligence.

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 fine 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. 

6. Strengthens memory. 

Studying piano has been shown to have a remarkable effect on memory—particularly with language. 

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. 

9. Fosters community. 

For more than 300 years, the piano has been a staple of the home, brining people together 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. 

 —from The American Senior, Issue 5, 2017 

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