How learning to play the piano can make you smarter
7th January 2016
Many people have a limited amount of free time and have difficulties finding the right work/life balance. This is why they don’t decide to try something new so easily. Most of us calculate the benefits of starting some new activity before making a final decision and in recent times, the interest in learning how to play the piano is growing and many people are wondering why. Here are some of the reasons.
First of all, a recent scientific study has confirmed that piano lessons can improve the non-cognitive and cognitive skills in people more than dancing or physical training. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Economic Research in Germany, piano training and music training in general will improve these skills twice as better compared to dance, theatre and sports.
Furthermore, learning how to play the piano can also boost your organizational skills, discipline and attention. The research conducted by a group of scientists at the University of Vermont has shown that this practice can eliminate anxiety, relieve stress, improve attention skills and help you get emotional balance.
Our brain has two sides and in order to improve our intellectual capabilities ( and become smarter!) we must use both sides equally. This is exactly where piano lessons can help. When we use the piano we are using both of our hands, but that’s not all, we are also thinking about the notes that will come next and at the same time we are pressing the foot pedal. This is a complex operation that stimulates our brain to adjust to the situation. Most instruments favour the left or the right side of the brain, the piano does both.
There is no doubt that playing the piano will also help you unleash your creativity. By using your creativity during the lessons you might find solutions to certain problems in your life. The area of the brain where we come up with improvised solutions will be activated to the maximum when you are taking piano lessons.
We hope that these facts will encourage you to start tinkling the ivories!