Learning to play the piano can make you fitter and smarter. Now there is a proven scientific research to back the claim. How do you benefit
1. Alters the Brain
Learning to play music changes the brain structure and function for the better. Playing the piano does more than just entertaining, in fact it adds new neural connections. Furthermore, musicians tend to be a little more alert, develop a photographic memory, and are also able to convey emotions vocally through speech and language according to a research by University of Montreal.
2. Keeps aging away!
As people get older, their reaction times get slower. Playing music improves auditory, tactile, and audio-tactile reaction times. In a study published in 2011 found that people who had pursued music early on in their lives scored much better on non-verbal and spatial memory, naming objects and taking in and adapting new information. Musical training early on
has shown to increase gray matter in specific regions in the brain and strengthen connections between them. Playing music also helps improve concentration in all areas of life. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that playing music is a stress buster and can also lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate and reduce anxiety levels.
3. It helps with language skills and boost your test scores
Researchers have found that musicians are better than non-musicians in incorporating sound patterns for new languages. Their brains are also trained to comprehend speech amid background noise. Middle and high school students who participated in music lessons in some form or the other scored higher in SATs. University studies conducted in Georgia and Texas found significant co-relation between number of years of music instruction to the scores in science, math, and arts.
4. It’s a stress reliever
Science indicates several good reasons to play music including stress relief at the molecular level. Playing music can also help reduce job burnout and improve one’s mood. Also, piano players in general reported decreased feeling of loneliness lost in the company of their own music!
5. Boosts growth hormones
Studies show that those who take piano lessons early on show increased levels of growth hormones in their system as piano lessons are known to keep energy and concentration levels up and prevents aches and body pains in old age
6. Live a more beautiful and fully rounded life
Music is incredibly powerful and playing piano and bring out immensely powerful feelings and emotions for both the performer as well as the listener. And the wonderful thing is that you can share it with friends and family and bring people closer to the music.
7. It’s easy to play
Unlike other instruments, piano is an easy instrument to play. There is no physical pain playing the piano (for the guitar one may build calluses on the fingers, for woodwind and brass instruments one may need to use facial muscles). Both are often quite a painful experience and may prevent young students from picking up the instrument. However, for the piano, all you need to do is sit down and press the key to bring it alive!
Now that you know the amazing benefits that of the playing the piano. Why don’t you enroll yourself for piano lessons and start making music!