The piano is one of the most well-known instruments. When you learn to play the piano, it will not only open a whole new world of music; but can also set the stage for success in other areas of your life, too. For children and adults alike, learning to play piano provides a creative outlet and a rewarding hobby to explore. Did you know that learning to play the piano, helps improve your coordination, memory and discipline?

Benefit #1: Improve your cognitive function

Scientists have studied how learning piano affects the mind. Their results show when you play the piano you can improve cognitive function in a myriad of ways. In 2013 a study found notable improvements in executive function, inhibitory control and divided attention after participants completed a four-month piano program. The effects of piano playing are widespread and can even improve your visual scanning and motor ability.

A New York Times opinion piece interviewed several people who are successful in their chosen fields, who happen to also be musicians, to find out if music was integral to their professional achievements. For many of them, learning to play their instrument allowed for creativity and better performance in all aspects of life. Beyond that, they all continue to play instruments because they enjoy the activity.

Furthermore, the benefits of children learning piano are also well documented. Music participation, which often takes the form of piano practice and piano lessons for children, has a shown a demonstrable correlation with improved performance in school and improved memory.

Benefit #2: You will build discipline

When you initiate the process of learning the piano, or any other instrument, your success revolves around building practice habits. Although lessons with an experienced music instructor are helpful, there is no substitute for the time you spend learning and practicing an instrument. When you are learning to play the piano, you practice habit forming behaviors. These behaviors help you promote structure and discipline beyond the piano bench. Regular piano practice also demands your full attention of mind and body. When you give undivided attention to something, you promote that habit in other areas of life.

Benefit #3: You will have a fun and creative outlet

You should be having fun when you learn to play the piano. Yes, there are many physical and mental benefits to playing an instrument. But you will also experience the joy and creativity that playing the piano provides. Learning to play the piano allow you to express yourself. Imagine creating an original piece of your own! Now picture the first time you play through a piano piece with no errors; or even you a new scale. Can you imagine how confident and happy that will make you feel?

So, whether you are simply looking for a new hobby or want to enhance your cognitive capability, the piano is a rewarding instrument that can provide a wide variety of benefits.

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