Reasons to Play Piano

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  • January 25, 2013 7:03 pm

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Music is a very important part of our lives. It does a lot more than just please our ears – it is an integral part of human development.


Several years ago, there was an experiment done by scientists at the University of California at Irvine in 1993. (published in the journal Nature) They had college students listen to Mozart Sonata for two Pianos in D Major, a relaxation tape or silence. Immediately after these sessions, the students took a spatial reasoning test (the ability to put together puzzles) and the students’ scores improved drastically after listening to the Music. The reason is because music and spatial abilities share the same pathways in the brain.


Another experiment was done later on by researchers at Appalachian State University and the researchers were successful as well in connecting music to boosting “brain power”.
They gave preschool children (ages 3-4 yrs. old) training for 8 months. Children were divided into 4 groups: Keyboard lessons, Singing lessons, Computer lessons and No lessons. After 8 months of this treatment, the children were tested on their ability to put together puzzles (spatial-temporal reasoning) and to recognize shapes (spatial-recognition reasoning) and the results were astounding! They found that only those children who had taken the keyboard lessons had improvement in the spatial-temporal test. (The children did not, however show any change with the spatial-recognition.)


Another interesting observation is the connection between the Medical profession and the Music profession – a large majority of M.D.’s are Classically trained musicians! They spent many years of training in either and/or both fields, which by the same token – enhance each other. So to them – the similarity in brain function and focus is evident and invaluable to both the medical and the musical. It will be interesting to see the results of further study in that matter. Currently, there is no conclusive proof scientifically of the connection between Medical and Musical.


There are countless reasons to take up a musical instrument. Piano, in particular, is a popular choice due to its simplicity, versatility, and the pure beauty of its sound.


So, if you have ever considered the possibility of learning to play the piano yourself here are a few reasons to consider learning to play piano yourself:


Mental well-being: Playing music promotes brain health to a far greater degree than a more passive, less creative home based activities like watching television, reading, or playing games. Indeed, studies have shown that the links between music and intelligence are much more than merely theoretical.


Practicing and playing piano sharpens hand eye coordination, hones math and memorization skills, and enhances the brain’s ability to think creatively. Some studies have even shown that learning an instrument can increase one’s IQ.


Coordination: The “simple” act of playing piano requires a lot of coordination. Not only using both hands at the same time, but your feet (for the pedals), eyes (as you read music) and the ability to keep a steady and strong rhythm. All these things and more all happen at the same time in any piano player who successfully plays any piece of music – be it “Happy Birthday” or Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.


Self-esteem: At work, upon successfully completing a project, most of us feel a special sense of happiness and self worth. Playing music can be the same way. Musicians often describe a “high” that is felt while they are playing, a self-esteem boost that can extend well into one’s daily life.


So do yourself a favor and give it a try for yourself or encourage Piano Lessons For Your Kid. If you have any inkling in learning a new skill, one that can do more than make you happy as you play for yourself, but might even make you more popular as you perform for others, then learning to play the piano is highly suggested.