Are there health benefits to playing a piano?

8th December 2016

As well as being a fantastic instrument to learn and play, the piano can also bring health benefits. For example:

Enhances neural connections

Neurons are structures in our brain that transmit and process all the information we receive. A recent study has confirmed that playing piano makes the neural connections stronger and enhances their performance. Whenever you play the piano you are triggering neural firings.

Better results in the classroom

Individuals involved in piano lessons are usually more active and more intelligent in the classroom. A scientific study in the US has shown that 9th graders who had studied piano for at least three years have shown better results when their spatial and general cognitive areas were tested. Even their mathematics scores were better compared to students that didn’t play any musical instrument.

Improves vocabulary

This might be a surprise for many people, but scientists have discovered that students with an academic curriculum which included music have much better vocabulary compared to their peers.

Lowers stress levels

This is a very important health benefit of playing the piano. We live in a world where stress has become commonplace, and we don’t always know how to deal with it. If you are playing piano on a daily basis, you will be able to reduce your levels of stress. Playing piano requires concentration, and this acts as a distraction to your concerns and stress. The pleasure of playing also plays its part!

Improved hand-eye coordination

Did you know that playing piano involves multitasking? Pianists have to read and play at the same time so, needless to say, this practice improves hand-eye coordination. In addition, playing piano can improve the connection between the right and left hemisphere of our brain.

Finally, playing piano improves aural awareness, triggers creativity and increases the human growth hormone. No wonder piano players are so happy!