Why Learn Piano?
The benefits of playing an instrument extend beyond just the music room. Learning to play an instrument fills a student’s life with music and enriches them in so many ways. Music can bring emotion to a movie scene, entertain us while we’re stuck in traffic or evoke memories of a special moment in time. The skills and knowledge we gain when learning to play an instrument shapes the way we see and interact with the world, and the good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start.
Memory and Intelligence
Mental acuity and cognitive skills
One of the most remarkable benefits of playing an instrument is the positive effect it has on brain performance. Many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic success in both children and adults. Playing music can improve long-term memory and improves overall mental performance. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, boosting functions such as abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and overall literacy.
Organizational and motivational
For beginning music students, developing a quality practice routine can be challenging. Practice requires consistency and routine. Students must set aside the time to practice and focus on their goals. Once they begin to see progress, they will be motivated to continue their practice. Understanding the value of dedication and self-motivation can be applied to other areas of life such as education, employment and personal endeavors.
Creativity and self-expression
Experts say that the smartest and most successful people are also the most creative. As musicians excel in their craft, a whole new level of creativity blossoms in them. Practicing and perfecting a piece of music ignites the creative side of the brain. Students may start to be more playful and more experimental, adding their own personality to each note. Music can be a safe way to express emotions and communicate thoughts and feelings, which can lead to an elevated sense of inner peace and well-being.
Overall benefits of playing an instrument
We’ve listed just a few of the benefits of playing an instrument but there are so many more. Music students of any age experience physical, mental and emotional benefits that will last throughout their lifetime.
- Boosts confidence and leads to a sense of achievement
- Relieves stress and promotes a sense of well-being
- Cultivates social skills, friendships and teamwork
- Develops physical skills and hand/eye coordination
- Builds performance skills and helps with stage fright
- Improves math, reading, listening and comprehension skills
Now Playing at Piano Forte Music School
Piano Forte Music School provides piano, voice, guitar and ukulele lessons to students from Palo Alto, San Carlos, Belmont and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.