Music, especially piano, has been proven to have intense impacts on the brain. While adults and children alike can enjoy the benefits of learning to play the piano, they are especially impactful on a young and developing brain. In this blog post we will be discussing some of the mental benefits that learning to play the piano can bring, especially at a young age. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Creative Benefits 

There is a direct relationship between the correlation of our brains and creativity, especially when engaging in some form of art. Whether this art form is visual like drawing or physical like playing an instrument or dancing, you are engaging different parts of the brain. These parts of our brains are only engaged when doing activities like these. It gives our brains full creativity and artistic ability. It also allows us to develop a thought process that is more adaptive. For children, having the ability to adapt, problem-solve, and learn quickly is one of the best skill sets to have and that they can carry on for the rest of their lives. 

 

Stress Relief 

While children may not be stressed with the daily tasks as adults are, they can still experience feelings of stress, anxiety, and even depression. Music has been proven to relieve and reduce emotional strain and tension that the brain may be feeling. Playing the piano can help the body shut down stress responders in the body by allowing the brain to focus on something else, something that has even been proven to be relaxing. Taking the time to step away from stress while playing a musical instrument can make it easier for children to cope with any hectic feelings. 

 

Emotional Benefits 

As per a study that was conducted by the Vermont College of Medicine, children who received musical training and education gained major advantages as far as emotional development was concerned. The self-expression that can be used when playing the piano gives them a healthy outlet to let their emotions and feelings run free, instead of suppressing them. It also shows them that they can channel their feelings into a form of expression that is communicative. While they may not be spoken words, the understanding and ability to differentiate music that evokes feelings of happiness or sadness can help them communicate and evoke their own emotions. 

 

Understanding music and being able to successfully use an instrument whether they’re performing alone or alongside others can help increase their self-esteem and boost feelings of confidence. It can show them that they are able to succeed and tackle any situation with enough practice and hard work. 

 

The coordination and motor control that is required to play the piano enhances their neural connections. The physical motion can help improve the body’s natural defense against memory loss and cognitive decline, especially if they continue to play the piano throughout their life.   

While there are many more scientifically researched mental health benefits to playing the piano, these are just a few of them. The piano is truly an amazing art form that is not only beautiful to listen to but brings us many mental and physical benefits. It’s never too early or too late to start and Soaring Dance Theatre of Monroe offers piano lessons for all ages. Connect with us to learn more and register today!