Piano is one of the most popular instruments in the world, and is widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensembles, chamber music and accompaniment. It’s also extremely popular as an aid to composing and used for television and movie scoring due to its ability to develop complex melodies that utilise multiple independent parts played simultaneously.
Playing the piano offers many benefits to the body and mind and as with any instrument; it allows the player to express their creativity through the simple joy of music. Regular young players will find that their hand – eye coordination and fine motor skills will improve due to the skills required to play. Older adults may also find a significant health benefit through consistent exposure to music. It is proven that it helps reduce anxiety, lowers blood pressure while also helping heart and respiratory rates and increasing your immunity response.
Piano practise may also help to improve intellectual and cognitive abilities while improving memory. Good practise habits lead to better focus, determination and creativity. Students that have studied from an early age have the ability to retain information later in life along with a better aptitude for maths and science. Time spent with an instrument is also an important aspect in maintaining a healthy mind. Musical experiences improve mental health combating depression, anxiety while also providing stress relief and greater confidence.