Piano Playing

8 Unexpected Benefits of Playing the Piano

Piano PlayingThere are several benefits of playing piano that go far beyond a greater appreciation for music and the acquisition of a new skill. Most of these benefits are applicable to both adults and children – it’s never too late, nor too early, to explore your musical side! If you are still unsure about signing up for piano lessons, read on to check out some of the long-term benefits you can expect to reap. Some you may never have thought about before!

1. Better Response to Criticism

To get the most from this benefit of playing piano, it’s important to work with a qualified piano teacher who is able to give you constructive criticism. When younger students see their teacher as an expert in the field, it’s much easier to take their advice and feedback. And this ability to respond to criticism – and learn from it – will typically carry over to other aspects of daily life, such as school and work.

2. Improved Ability to Handle Stress

Participating in piano recitals, or even just performing in front of a group of friends, can help students deal with the symptoms of stage fright. Plus, all of the practicing leading up to the performance will help you learn about dedication, self-discipline, and the goal-setting process.

3. Learn to React Well to Successes and Disappointments

This is another skill you will gain from performing, especially if you participate in piano competitions. Similar to learning how to respond to criticism, you may experience some disappointment along the way. A good piano teacher will help you learn how to maintain a positive outlook, even when things don’t go your way. And when they do, you can celebrate your wins together!

4. Increased Social Participation

The ability to play in front of a group is an important social skill. It’s a great way to share your talents with others, and you may find yourself expanding your network as you put yourself out there in the musical community. Discussing your piano playing with other musicians is a wonderful way to improve your understanding of the instrument – plus, you never know how your connections can help you later in life!

5. Stronger Hand Muscles

Piano playing is helpful for developing dexterity in children and for maintaining strength in adult hands. Keep in mind, though: in order for your hand muscles to develop properly, you’ll need to learn the correct form and hand position for playing the piano with a professional teacher.

6. Improved School Performance

Studies have found that children who begin learning piano during grade school have better general and spatial cognitive development than their peers, which can help with mathematic skills. In addition, playing piano can help with concentration and therefore improve students’ overall school performance. (Learn more about how music lessons make you smarter here!)

7. Aural Awareness

Whether you naturally have a good sense of pitch or you struggle with this skill, piano playing can definitely help you improve. Some of these benefits of playing piano include developing a sense of relative pitch, and training your mind to recognize tones, intervals, and chords, which can help with learning music theory later on in your studies.

8. Split Concentration

When you’re first starting to learn how to play the piano, it can be incredibly frustrating to coordinate your two hands each playing something different. But the more you play and practice, the easier it will get – trust us! Even simpler pieces can teach you the skills and focus you’ll need to improve your skills.

Split concentration is not just a physical ability; you can also use the skill for listening. If you’re taking lessons with a piano teacher, you’ll likely learn how to listen to the sound of your playing as if you were both in the front of the concert hall and to the back of the room. You can use the mental part of this training in everyday life to improve your multitasking skills.

Final Notes

If you have been unsure about taking up piano lessons for yourself or your child, think about all of these benefits of playing piano. Of course, many people choose to begin piano lessons for the simple joy of learning and playing an instrument as a hobby. Whatever your reason for starting to play, remember that you can begin learning at any age. Put in the effort, and you’ll notice the positive feelings you experience when you learn a new skill!

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14 replies
  1. Tom
    Tom says:

    These are some excellent benefits that one can receive from playing the piano. How can you not enjoy the benefits of playing the piano like these? Thanks for sharing some incredible things!

  2. Mekayla Danielson
    Mekayla Danielson says:

    I would like to get piano lessons. I have done piano lessons before but only a year and a half. I don’t get how to play with two hands though. I do know how to use the sustain though. I am thirteen years old and in eighth grade. Contact me at my email address that I use at school. I would like to do piano lessons near Ashby, Minnesota.

    • Jessica Dais
      Jessica Dais says:

      Hi Mekayla! Taking lessons is the perfect way to learn to play piano with both of your hands. Here is a directory of all our piano teachers. You can narrow it down by typing in your location to find teachers near you. If you need more help finding a teacher, please have your parent or guardian call us at 877.231.8505 🙂

  3. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    I had no idea that there were so many additional benefits to playing the piano. I especially like that you talk about how piano can increase social activity participation as well. I think it’s important to socialize with other musicians to collaborate and share their passion. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Alexandria Martinez
    Alexandria Martinez says:

    My brother recently bought his son some LDS sheet music in an attempt to get him interested in playing the piano. I think my nephew needs a little more persuading and since he cares a lot about his grades, I like the way it was mentioned that one’s school performance is improved while studying the piano. The concentration needed to play the piano translates over into school work. My nephew will love to hear this, thanks!

    • Samantha K.
      Samantha K. says:

      I agree with you Alexandria. Finding your student music that they are interested is key to keeping their interest going. We also bought some LDS sheet music and found our daughter her favorite songs. She now practices on her own without being asked because she’s motivated to learn music she knows and loves.

  5. Ashley Maxwell
    Ashley Maxwell says:

    Megan, I really appreciated your comment about how you can get used to receiving and accepting constructive criticism if you learn to play piano because you will always need feedback to get better. I like how you said that it can also help you deal with stress healthily through practice. My husband and I are considering looking into buying a simple, pre-owned piano so that our daughter can learn to play the piano.

  6. Ashley Turns
    Ashley Turns says:

    Since I want my daughter to learn a new activity, I am wondering which one could help her a lot. So thanks for letting us know that piano lessons will help make her hand muscles stronger and more dexterous when she is an adult. We will definitely have to enroll her in piano lessons so that she will be able to use her strong hands in the future.

  7. Khorae Olivier
    Khorae Olivier says:

    I really like what you said about how playing piano being helpful for developing dexterity in children and maintaining strength in adult hands. I remember being taught a little piano as a kid and I really want to pick it back up again, but I was worried my fingers would be too weak or not stretch far enough. Thank you for the information about learning correct form and hand position for playing the piano from a professional teacher to make sure your hand muscles develop properly.

  8. Ellie Davis
    Ellie Davis says:

    My daughter has been begging to take piano lessons and I have been considering it. Thank you for pointing out that when kids perform in front of even just their friends it can help them learn to handle the stress of being on a stage. I would love to expose her to this. But I’m going to need to rent a piano for her. Hopefully, I can find the best place in my area to rent a piano.

  9. Sariah Meagle
    Sariah Meagle says:

    Gaining a better response to criticism as you mentioned is a benefit I never knew my son could get if he decides to takes some piano lessons next summer. It could also help him mentally as well since you said that it gives students an improved ability to handle stress. I want him to be grounded with reality as much as possible so knowing that he will learn to react well to successes and disappointments as you pointed out could really help him grow as a better person as long as a good teacher mentors him.


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