Music has been proven to be one of the most powerful forms of therapy, extending its healing effects beyond mere enjoyment. As a piano player, you may have experienced this firsthand through your own playing – the calming and therapeutic effects of soothing melodies or energizing riffs to help soothe stress or awaken creativity. But what you may not know is that research has discovered even more great benefits associated with making music: new evidence shows that regular music practice can actually enhance brain structure and function in a variety of ways.
According to the Royal Conservatory, ”Music lessons improve language skills, increase emotional resilience, increase empathy, increase attention span and focus, and increase self confidence.” They comment, “Research shows that participating in music study benefits both brain structure and brain function. Just like well exercised muscles protect the bones and joints, reduce blood pressure and increase energy levels, music education produces bigger, better functioning brains- a benefit to people of any age”.