There are many proven health benefits of playing the piano. In the same vein, numerous studies by the medical and academic communities show the positive effects playing the piano has on humans. As a result, there is a wealth of information out there regarding these benefits. We compiled the top eleven for your enjoyment.
11 Health Benefits of Playing the Piano
In no particular order, here are our favorite health benefits of playing the piano regularly:
1. Sharpen Skills
Sharpens fine motor skills and improves eye to hand coordination by engaging multiple parts of the brain at once.
2. Develops patience.
No piece is perfect on the first try!
3. Increases self-discipline
With regularly scheduled practice and lesson time you will become more self-disciplined.
4. Builds self-confidence.
As skill progresses and individuals are willing to share with an audience (even if it’s only the cat), self-confidence gains a boost.
5. Strengths self-esteem.
When you have increasing skill progression, you build self-esteem.
6. Reduces stress
Playing switches off the body’s “stress response” signal (even if you only play occasionally).
7. It can be a hobby.
Playing piano is an all year hobby: rain or shine!
8. Improves physical health.
When you play the music you increase the production of Human Heightens release of Growth Hormone (HGH): this slows the adverse effects of aging, reduces heart and respiratory rates, prevents cardiac complications, lowers blood pressure, and increases immune response.
Playing piano allows the brain to bypass damaged or blocked neural pathways and retrieve music-related memories.
10. Helps manage feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression.
Getting lost in the music will help relieve anxious nerves. It also gives you something to do and makes you feel part of the music you are playing when you are alone.
11. Boosts creativity and self-expression.
Piano playing helps you get your creative juices flowing and better helps you to express yourself through your musical style.
In other words, this video does a fantastic job summing up all the great benefits that come from playing the piano.
BONUS: Additional Benefits for Children
Did you know that children taking regular piano lessons score as much as 35% higher in math and science on SAT scores? Mind. Blown.
Ready to Reap the Rewards of Piano?
So, no matter how young or old, rich or poor, so long as people can reach the keys, their piano playing talent will continue to benefit themselves and everyone around them.
If you would like to begin piano lessons to gain these benefits for you, contact us at England Piano at (770) 451-1725, and we will get you started!