The piano produces one of the most soothing sounds out of all the musical instruments. Many of us instantly feel the stress and tension slip away when we listen to a piano concerto, but what most of us don’t know is that learning to play the piano has been proven to be highly beneficial to both your mental and physical health, in several unexpected ways.
Ability To Handle Stress Better
Learning to play the piano well requires practice, dedication and most of all patience. Not only do you have to learn all the notes and finger positions, you also have to inject the right emotion and energy into a song to ensure it is conveying the correct tone to your listeners. Studies have shown that both adults and children, who play the piano, are better equipped to handle stress.
The results of a recent study revealed that people who chose to play the piano as a way to relax had a higher reversal of stress genes at the end of the study, than those that chose other techniques.
A Better Response To Criticism
Whilst it is possible to teach yourself how to play the piano without any professional guidance, the majority of piano players will take lessons with a teacher. A good teacher should always give you constructive criticism when necessary, in order to help you improve your technique. The ability to respond to criticism and learn from it typically carries over into other areas of life, such as study or work.
Piano playing is an excellent way to strengthen the muscles in the hand and increasing dexterity, particularly in children. It can also be especially beneficial to improving coordination in activities such as team sports or dance.
Experienced pianists will be able to play a repertoire of songs from memory. For those just starting out however, part of learning to play the piano entails being able to read the music and moving your hands over the notes at the same time. This allows you develop the ability to focus on multiple things simultaneously and the split concentration you develop as a result of piano practice can make you better at multi-tasking in every day life situations.
Those who play the piano will understand just how important being creative with regards to your style is. It is one thing to play a series of notes and make sounds, but it requires skill and creativity to transmit the right emotion and rhythm and this is ultimately what classifies someone as an excellent pianist.
Develops Listening Skills
The ability to listen well is possibly one of the most important life skills you need. To have successful personal and professional relationships, it is essential to be able to listen to the needs of your partner or client and respond accordingly. Playing the piano will allow you to develop your aural awareness, enabling you to experiment with the different variations of sound, rhythm, melodies and harmonies.