How does piano affect the brain?

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As they say, life is like a piano; it depends on you how you play it. A piano is an instrument that gives wings to the mind and flight to the imagination, but is it just for fun and entertainment?

The piano isn’t just an instrument that helps you in expressing your feelings. It affects your brain and changes your personality.

University of California researchers has discovered that the children who learn piano lessons show massive signs of improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning.

Their brains are also different from other children; it is proven by the other scientists too that the brain capacity developed by pianists is unique because this instrument requires both hands to be equally active, which activates both parts of the brain and makes a person more genius.

There are many other growing scientific evidence also that show learning piano affects your brain positively and make you smarter, healthier, and happier.

For instance, learning the piano:

1 – Rewires The Brain

Have you ever heard about ‘Neuroplasticity’?

It is the ability of the brain to rewire or change itself. When the neural pathways in your brain change, you become a different person and have different behavior. In other words, your brain restructures itself. Even if some part of your brain is damaged, it will work on the other part of the brain to pick up those abilities that were lost.

When you play the piano or learn piano lessons, you work on Neuroplasticity. You add new neural connections to your brain and give it more strength.

You probably think that you are just learning a lesson or working on a tough piano piece, but your brain works in very strange ways in the background. It improves your memory, attention, language, and speech.

We have often seen that the pianist is considered romantic. Particularly, women praise them a lot. This is not only because they know how to play the piano. This is because they know how to vocally convey their emotions better and make a woman feel special through their words.

Since the piano builds their language and improves their conversation skills. They act naturally around women but at the same time impress them with their forms of communication.

These changes aren’t just in adults.

Children who learn piano at an early age also has positive structural changes in their brain which stay with them for the rest of their lives.

2 – Improves School Performance

Want to see your child get good grades? Let him take piano lessons.

Piano lessons improve the school performance of your child, as it assists them in having better general and spatial cognitive development.

If you don’t believe this, assess the life quality or school performance of a person who took music lessons as a child. You will see he has scored much higher on standardized tests and also living a better quality of life than those who weren’t involved in any kind of musical instrument.

This, of course, is a general belief and it is tough for some people to count on that. But we have some scientific and logical explanation too that will show you why it is very effective.

The universities in Georgia and Texas studied the effect of music on the brain and discovered that children who take piano lessons at an early age have better academic achievements in math, science, and language arts. Furthermore, if they study the piano for only two years, they remember 20% more vocabulary than their peers.

3 – Teaches You To Think Outside The Box

Piano pushes you to think outside of the box.

We know everyone is obsessed with thinking out of the box to make their business successful. But this skill is hard to acquire, that’s why this practice is so uncommon in the businesses.

Piano lessons teach you how to confront issues in life and business in atypical ways and think creatively and freely. They naturally turn you into a person who is capable of thinking outside the box and frequently challenges general behaviors and decisions.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University show us that musicians are capable of divergent thinking.

It is rather easy for them to come up with new solutions and solve the issues with efficacy.

In case you are thinking about how this happens, again think about the ‘Neuroplasticity’. It enhances communication between the parts of the brain. Therefore, it is easy for them to come up with more creative ideas and solve the complexity of business cleverly.

4 – Makes You A Multi-Tasker

Do you know most jobs today require multitasking skills in employees?

Because the work demand is intense. Companies need employees who can shift their attention from one task to another quickly and finish them successfully as well.

For most people, juggling between different tasks is impossible. When the job pushes them to meet the demand of several different stakeholders, they fail miserably. Or, their effectiveness is compromised. They make the situation complicate even more.

When you play the piano, you train your mind and body to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

You control your breath, maintain your posture, read and interpret the music sheet, and play the piano with both right and left hand.

The more you play the piano, the more you give your mind the monster workout. After a few days of practicing, you start noticing you are becoming better at handling multiple tasks at the same time. Your logical, emotional, auditory, motor and creative functions start performing together and help you to accomplish a lot more than others.


In general, a piano players’ brain is more powerful.

When you spend hundreds of hours practicing scales on the piano to reach sheer aural perfection, you aren’t mesmerizing the audience only. Great magic is going on underneath all this hard work. You are training your brain and changing your personality.

The little bolts of electricity are running through your neurons and shaping your brain. They are teaching your brain how to use their energy more effectively.

So, play the piano and change your persona. It is never too late to benefit from the power of playing the piano.

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