5 Benefits Of Learning Piano

Did you know research shows that playing a musical instrument has direct physical benefits [1]?

With affordable electric keyboards sounding better than ever due to sampling technology, you can start learning to play your favorite songs with ease.

If the fun of playing music isn’t convincing enough, here are 5 benefits of learning piano that will make you want to start playing right now!

1. A Stress Reliever

5 Benefits Of Learning Piano

It’s no secret, as any music lover would tell you, that listening to music is almost like therapy. In fact, research now shows that listening to upbeat music can boost a person’s mood and cause a happier demeanor in as few as two weeks [2].

While listening to music has this benefit, science is also proving that playing music is even more powerful. Learning piano is a beneficial process that diminishes stress and can even treat depression [3].

Playing piano reduces cortisol, a stress hormone that causes decreased memory, inflammation in the body, and inhibits learning abilities.

Learning the piano forces you to focus on the notes and rhythms of the music, as well proper left and right-hand technique. Focused effort on these crucial elements during practice acts as a gentle distraction from stress and negativity in everyday life.

In the process of learning piano, you step into the humble space of trying something completely new.

By taking on a task that is out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself in a state of joyful wonder and childlike awe, with a strong sense of accomplishment and peace.

2. A Workout for your Brain

Learning piano helps build hand-eye coordination and improves motor skills.

A pianist must read sheet music and play with both hands, at the same time [4]. This practice in hand-eye coordination leads to increased reaction time and productivity.

As you develop independent coordination in your hands, you strengthen the neural pathways between your left and right brain hemispheres. This gives your brain a tough workout!

Practicing chords and scales are great brain exercises. These exercises tune your brain to recognize aural variations in music.

Playing piano causes your brain to produce more human growth hormone. Human growth hormone acts as a natural pain reliever and stress reducer, especially in older adults.

Students that have musical training often have high academic test scores, strong reading skills, and outstanding vocabulary.

Studying music theory boosts the player’s understanding of math, as they learn to play and understand rhythm, beat, and scales.

3. The Building Blocks of Music – Our #1 Reason for Learning Piano

Learning piano is a fast track to learning music theory.

Chords and scales are more easily visualized and understood on the piano than on other instruments.

While learning piano, you learn music theory in steps. Each new chord, scale, progression, or rhythm will teach you about music theory.

Learning music theory through consistent piano practice will enable you to read music at a higher level over time.

Along with your practical knowledge of music theory, playing piano will also help you develop your aural skills.

Aural skills give you the ability to recognize complex relationships in harmony and rhythm. These skills will enable you to play more difficult songs.

You will master the concepts of music theory. Then you will have the ability to learn other instruments, like guitar, quickly.

A strong foundation in music theory will help you play a piece of music by sight. Aural skills will help you play other instruments “by ear.”

4. Skills for Success Across the Board

Learning piano equips you with skills for success in many other areas of life.

Coordinating your hands to play piano and your mind to read music at the same time inspires creative thinking. This creativity improves problem-solving skills.

Brain activity occurs when playing the piano. This activity aids both adults and children in native and foreign language development [5].

Styles of piano music vary across cultures and time periods. You gain a foundation in music history and a new sense of cultural appreciation.

Achievement on the piano feels great. Whether it be perfecting a new scale or nailing Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, when we reach a goal it boosts our self-esteem.

Practice makes perfect. Learning piano takes patience, dedication, and discipline [[6]. You will reach your goals through months and years of practice. These virtues are key in education, home life, and the workplace.

A dedicated practice also takes time. Setting aside time each day to practice piano is an exercise of time management skills. Managing your time effectively teaches you to be responsible.

Piano lessons give an opportunity for students to learn to accept constructive criticism. Constructive criticism helps you grow as a musician. It also helps you build respect for yourself and others.

5. Improved Social Skills

Learning piano eventually offers the chance to play music in group lessons, bands, or even orchestras. These experiences are not only fun, they also help improve social skills.

Time management comes into play, as you coordinate schedules with other musicians.

Writing music with other musicians teaches you to coordinate and share ideas.

Disagreements arise in group settings. You learn to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and polite way while trying to understand another person’s point of view.

When playing music with other people, you work as part of a team to make the music sound beautiful. Succeeding as a team also boosts your self-esteem.

Playing music with other people gives you the opportunity to meet people with a common interest. You can build friendships that last a lifetime!

After reading these 5 benefits of learning piano, we hope that you’re excited to get out there and start playing! If you’re taking piano lessons and feel these benefits in your life, let us know!

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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Jeremy Thompson - December 18, 2017

I like how you mentioned that with the help of learning to play the piano one would be able to develop their aural skill which will enable them to play and recognize the more complex types of music. That is quite nice to learn for my twins are begging me to purchase them a piano so that they can learn to play it. Therefore, I’ll be sure to find a good pre-owned piano for them to make sure that the effort wouldn’t be wasted. It could even be a gateway for them to start finding passion in playing the thing and improve their musical capabilities. Thanks!

Ben Singer - August 10, 2018

Thanks for pointing out the additional benefits to learning piano (and music in general). I just watched a great interview of John Taylor Gatto called the ultimate history lesson, where he points out that almost every “genius” or individual that has made a discovery or creative advancement in a field of expertise… whether it be science, math, arts etc… has almost always taught themselves how to proficiently play a instrument of some kind. It’s like they honed their thinking ability and then went on to greatness. Coincidence? I think Not!

Sharon Wilson-Smith - September 29, 2018

It sure was nice to know that learning piano is like a therapy because it can diminish stress by reducing the stress hormones in your body. This is something that I will make sure to remember because I’m finding an activity that will help me to forget all my problems. I can’t deny that I feel so stressed at this point in time, so I will make sure to consider enrolling myself in a private piano lesson.

Steele Honda - April 5, 2019

Thanks for pointing out that while learning piano, you learn music theory in steps and each new chord, scale, progression, or rhythm will teach you about music theory. I am thinking about putting my son in piano lessons because I think it would help him to have a hobby, and piano is a good starting point for other instruments as well. I’ve also been thinking about looking for pianos for sale so that we can have one in our house to help him learn.

    Stephanie Su - April 28, 2019

    I appreciate the comment! Hope all the best goes to you and your son learning piano!

kshitij - June 7, 2019

thank you for this article this helps me a lot

Fred Gibbons - April 5, 2021

It’s interesting that you mention that learning to play the piano can help relieve stress. I’ve been feeling very stressed out for the past few months, so I’m considering taking some online piano lessons. I’m going to look for a good provider of online piano lessons that I can use.


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