Lizbet Palmer Lizbet Palmer
Posted June 21st
In case you haven’t already heard, learning an instrument is one of the best choices you can make for both your brain and quality of life. I may be biased because I’ve been playing and teaching piano for a very long time, but I believe that piano is the best instrument to start with. It provides instant gratification as well as a strong foundation for learning other instruments. If these aren’t reason enough, read on and see if I can’t convince you!
1. Learning Piano Improves Your Fine Motor Skills
It’s no secret that when you learn piano, you learn to control your hands at a higher level. Practicing teaches you control over each individual part of your hands, as well as your hand as a unit. You’ll find yourself with new strength and dexterity. And in the same way doing regular physical activities helps your whole body stay healthy and limber, playing piano is a great way to keep your hands fully functioning throughout your life.
2. Learning Piano Improves Concentration
When you teach yourself practicing skills, you learn focus and concentration. Removing distractions as you practice is a skill that spreads to other areas. Several aspects of learning to play piano are conducive to increased concentration:
Playing well requires being completely in the moment.
Practicing requires both looking at the big picture and smaller details within the same piece.
Playing piano requires using several parts of your body and brain together.
3. Learning Piano Reduces Stress
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, playing and creating music releases endorphins, which directly counteracts our stress hormone, cortisol.
4. Learning Piano Improves Brain Functions
This works in several ways. First, cortisol is a hormone that inhibits learning and retention. When we play music and reduce cortisol, it’s like we’re clearing out the spiderwebs. Second, since the piano uses both hands, it increases the interaction between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Reading notes involves the left brain, and learning by ear involves the right. This ultimately makes our brains more efficient.
5. Learning Piano Increases Joy
Give yourself joy as you meet goals and learn music that you love, and bring joy to others as they listen to you play. Music is a universal language. Start learning it and find your quality of life get better and better!