I started to learn piano because I really love the beautiful sound produced by the instrument. For most people, learning piano can be just simply because they love music or they wants to acquire a new skill. However, what people didn’t realize are the unimaginable long-term benefits that learning piano can bring them. Regardless of whether you started learning as an adult or a child, you can be greatly benefitted. Here are 10 amazing benefits that you can get!
1. Fine Motor Skills Development
When a piano player practices, the muscles of the fingers are given a good exercise. The strength of the fingers and muscles are trained to achieve dexterity and agility for meeting the requirement of the piano pieces.
2. Hand-eye Coordination
Playing piano is a skill that requires the player to read the sheet music while pressing the right keys with the fingers and pressing the pedal with his foot. This is a complicated movement where a balance of hands, wrists, arms, body and feet of the piano player is involved. For a piano beginner, playing a piece of music accurately while looking at the sheet music requires sufficient amount of practice. These practices, especially sight reading practice can help to develop the piano player’s hand-eye coordination greatly.
3. Cognitive Development
Cognitive development is the neurological aspect of brain development involving language skill, information processing, conceptual and perceptual skill. Research studies have shown that making music can improve a student’s cognitive development by stimulating the brain and connecting the neurological pathways. According to the research findings, students who learn a musical instrument performs better in maths, science and engineering compared to students who do not learn any musical instrument.
4. Increase Brain Function
Playing piano involves the movement of left and right hands together. This will strengthen the connectivity between different regions of the brain because a piano player needs to use both left and right sides of the brain to control the movement. Neuroscientists have discovered that brain volume and brain function can be increased by learning music. Interpretation of the sensory input can be enhanced too.
5. Split Concentration
Piano players have this super power of playing different notes and rhythm in each hand simultaneously. It is amazing how this split concentration is developed. In some of the advanced piano pieces, pianists are required to play a long trill in one hand while playing a fixed pattern of quavers in the other hand. This is only achievable by setting one hand as “auto pilot” while concentrating on the other hand. Besides, piano students are trained to be able to listen to several different things at one time. For example, in aural test, students should be able to identify the different parts of a piece by just listening to it without referring to the sheet music. This split concentration can be developed gradually with the student’s learning time.
6. Promote Self-discipline
Just like any other skills, regular practice is compulsory if you want to be excel in piano. When you started to learn a musical instrument, there is a commitment to it. Piano students are always encouraged to practice daily even though the practice session is short. They should be able to arrange their time effectively and practice piano with dedication and self-discipline.
7. Improve Mental Health
Results of research studies shown that playing piano can improve mental health by reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness. When you feel stress, you can just sit in front of the piano and play some relaxing music to relief the stress. Music has strong healing power and music therapies can always help to boost up our mental health.
8. Boost Confidence and Self-esteem
Every single piece of piano music is a challenge. Whenever a piano student learned a piece of piano music successfully, there will be a sense of accomplishment especially if the piece is hard. Learning piano will help students to be readily accepting new challenges all the time. Being able to perform well can definitely boost a student’s confident and self-esteem.
9. A Good Way for Self-expression
Playing music from different genre enable a piano player to improve his self-expression. Music is a good tool to convey a person’s mood and feelings. With the piano skill, a piano player can always express his feelings through playing or composing music.
10. Improve Social Skills
Learning piano provides more chances for students to participate in recital or public performances. Performing in front of other people is a great way to improve the student’s social skill. In addition, they can be involved in group discussions or conversations about piano playing with other pianist or musicians.
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