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Benefits of Piano Lessons
  • A recent study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, demonstrated that grade-school children who took piano lessons for three years scored higher than their peers on tests of general and spatial cognitive development–the very faculties needed for performance in math, engineering and other pursuits.

  • The University of California at Irvine study showed that kids who took piano lessons along with computer puzzle-solving did better in math.

  • Among older Americans, according to a Michigan State University research effort, keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.

  • Playing the piano is also an excellent way to strengthen eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills, and kids who take piano lessons learn a lot about discipline, dedication and the rewards of hard work.

  • Empirical evidence suggests that music can improve coordination and memory in seniors with diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, respectively, according to Eric Miller, PhD of Expressive Therapy Concepts.

  • Playing the piano can help improve the fine motor functions of people in other stages of life who are otherwise healthy.  For people in certain professions, such as neurosurgeons, playing the piano is common, as mentioned by Michael Schulder, MD; this may be due to the fact that it helps to maintain the ability to make small, coordinated movements, which are essential for neurosurgeons.

  • Some doctors use music as a form of medicine or therapy. The emphasis in such methods is not on lyrics but on the music itself. Though most people don't need a study to realize it, classical music has calming effects on the mind and body. In particular, music has been found to reduce blood-pressure levels. Other studies suggest that there are positive effects from music therapy on children with Attention Deficit Disorder, insomnia, depression and even babies born prematurely.

  • Two other big benefits of playing a musical instrument are stress and patience. Playing music naturally can soothe not only others, but the musician as well. Not only the actual sound of the instrument, but also the release of creativity and emotion, as well as the simple vibration of an instrument against a player's body can significantly lower a musician's stress level. Conversely, learning to play an instrument as a beginner or learning a new piece as a professional helps to expand a player's patience levels. To get a musical phrase or entire song down with as few mistakes as possible takes great focus and repetition, both of which contribute to patience.

  • Piano Lessons Raise Self Esteem