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The Unexpected Benefits of Music Education

For many years, there has been a buzz about how much playing music helps a developing mind grow. Later, studies started being released stating all the benefits one gained from learning how to play music and even simply listening to music. One study showed what we may have intuitivelyalready known, that children who had a few years of piano lessons could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers. Read on to find 3 reasons the piano maker, Steinway, shares to encourage us to invest a little time and money in music for ourselves or our families.

1. Playing the piano sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination in younger students and research has shown that piano lessons for older adults have a significant impact on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone, which slows the adverse effects of aging. (Music helps keep you young)

2.Regular music practice at an early age can even make structural changes to the brain that stay with you for the rest of your life, making your brain more efficient both while playing and in extra-musical endeavors. Plus, playing the piano is a widely used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder.

3. Studies show that time spent at the keyboard improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression.

Plus, let's not forget the deep cultural network and historical tradition that you join as a piano player (or musician of any kind).

Excerpts from The Benefits of Playing Piano from the Steinway Piano website. You can read the whole article here

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