(StatePoint) Have you always wanted to play the piano but never took that first step in getting started? If you need any more motivation than the fact that making music is a fun and rewarding activity, consider that this is one hobby with many surprising positive benefits for your health.
Here are just a few of them:
• It’s good for your brain: The act of learning to play a keyboard or piano helps boost cognitive brain development. In children, this can lead to better grades and better focus at school. In adults, this can help to slow the aging process and improve memory retention.
• It reduces stress: Music has the power to reduce stress, so too does engaging in favorite pastimes, and new tools can help you achieve competence faster so that playing is more fun than frustrating from the outset. When it comes to digital pianos, some of today’s models come with features that support the learning process, as well as grow with you on your journey as a musician. The PX-S3000 from Casio for example, works with the free Chordana Play for Piano app, which displays the music score and piano roll notation for built-in songs and MIDI files and also features songwriting tools.
• You’ll get a self-esteem boost: With the mastery of a new skill comes pride and a major confidence boost. Knowing you have the power to achieve your goals will help you to fearlessly set new ones.
• Your dexterity will improve: Dexterity and hand-eye coordination are fundamental skills that are necessary to develop early and maintain as you age. Research shows that playing the piano can help improve and sharpen them.
There are many reasons to learn to play piano and it’s never too early or too late to start. Consider using new tools that will help make the learning process stress-free so you can begin to reap the benefits of this hobby right away.