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9 Unexpected Benefits of Playing Piano!!!

The benefits for playing music, especially piano, go far beyond just a greater appreciation of music and acquiring a new skill (although those are great, too). Since it’s never too late or early to explore your musical side, here are some of the advantages that are applicable to both adults and children.

  • Taking Criticism

It’s often best to be taught by a qualified instructor who can give you constructive criticism. When students see their teacher as an expert in the field, it’s naturally easier to take feedback and advice from them. That ability to learn from criticism and respond to it often carries over to other fields of life like school and work.

  • Handling Stress

Practicing and performing in front of people can help students deal with the symptoms of stage fright and shyness. Practicing by yourself can also teach you about dedication, self-discipline, and setting goals.

  • Reacting Well to Successes and Disappointments

If you perform in front of people, especially in some kind of competition, you will undoubtedly experience disappointment at some point. You can often use these experiences to learn how to maintain a positive outlook even when you initially face a setback. And when things go well, you can celebrate with everybody who helped you get there!

  • Social Participation

The ability to play in front of people can help a lot. Not only do you get to share your talent and passion with others who probably have similar interests to you, you can also expand your network of people and friends as you showcase yourself to your musical community. You never know when having a connection can help as you go on through life! Discussing your playing techniques is also a great way to learn and improve your musical ability.

  • Strength and Reflexes

Playing any instrument, especially piano or guitar, helps develop dexterity in children and can also help maintain hand strength in adults. Just keep in mind that if you want properly developed hand muscles, it’s best to learn the correct form and hand position by playing with a professional teacher.

  • Academic Performance

Studies show that children who began playing piano at a young age generally have better general and spatial cognitive development than those who don’t. Playing music can help with concentration and thus can help improve overall academic performance.

  • Aural Awareness

No matter if you naturally have good pitch or struggle with finding it, practicing musical instruments (especially piano) will help you improve. Some benefits to playing piano include developing a sense of relative pitch as well as training your mind to recognize tones, intervals and chords. These form an important part of music theory.

  • Split Concentration

It can be difficult at first to get both of your hands doing different motions to create different sound. But take it from us, the more you play and practice, the easier it’ll get. Even simple pieces can help you improve your skills and focus. This will be the foundation and help improve your multitasking abilities.

  • Nurtures Self-Expression

Like painting, drawing, or any other art form, exploring your own creativity allows you to process and shape complex feelings. Having an emotional outlet helps regulate mood and self-expression, making it easier to grow and connect with yourself and those around you.

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