Taken at the most basic level, having the ability to play a piano is a worthy accomplishment. But, when you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the benefits one gets from playing the instrument go deeper. Some of them, in fact, might actually surprise you.
This is by no means an exhaustive list… but, playing the piano benefits the player by:
Increasing cognitive development. Numerous scientific studies support the fact that making music stimulates the brain in unique ways. In fact, almost no other activity stimulates the connection of neurological pathways like piano playing does. Those connections can then be utilized in other disciplines, such as math, science and engineering.
Increasing the capacity for memory. According to an article from The Telegraph Online, “new research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.” There is continually more evidence to support that musicians have organizationally and functionally different brains compared to non-musicians.
Helping to accept constructive criticism. Years of working with a qualified piano teacher means young student have already received a lot of feedback that they soon find helps make them better at their craft. Their ability to respond to criticism – and learn from it – will typically carry over to other aspects of daily life, such as school and work.
Teaching perseverance. Learning to play any instrument takes time and effort, which teaches patience and perseverance.
Aiding in language development. According to research done by San Raffaele University in Spain, children that learn music before age 7 have much larger vocabularies and an easier time learning a foreign language. Adults with musical background such as piano training in their youth learned foreign languages more quickly and efficiently than those who didn’t.
Getting over stage fright. Recitals and piano competitions give children the tools to cope with the stress of being on stage or performing in front of others. These will be useful skills to have later, in the workplace.
Broadening social circles. Having this skill opens up opportunities for broader social circles: school plays, community orchestras, musical theater, church worship teams, etc. Such networking and connections can help throughout a person’s life.
Developing good hand-eye coordination. The act of reading music develops good hand-eye coordination, and as well as promotes exceptional fine motor skills
Reducing stress. Appreciating and listening to music has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress and decrease the tendency for depression.
Inspiring creativity. Playing the piano requires one to be creative every time they play. Research by Vanderbilt University psychologists found that musicians use a creative technique known as divergent thinking which requires one to use both sides of the brain. Piano players use both sides of their brain to correlate their hands with the music they’re reading. Exercising this technique is why musicians tends to be more creative thinkers and problem solvers.