Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It’s certainly something that soothes the soul

Music has long been seen as a way to improve one’s quality of life. As I sat down Sunday afternoon at my daughter’s piano recital, I couldn’t help but think about the benefits not only to those who listen but also the pianists.

For nearly two hours, I found myself mesmerized by many young people showcasing their talents on the piano. Granted some of them have a little work to do before they’re going to be up against Lorie Line, but it’s truly special to see so many kids take an interest in piano playing.

I have always been inspired by piano players. I remember back to my childhood when a family friend, who was blind, came to my grandfather’s place and played the piano for parties. I was in awe of how somebody could perform on the piano and not see a thing!

My daughter has been playing piano for several years, following in the footsteps of big sis, who also played for many years. My uncle gave my older daughter a piano for her birthday many years ago and piano music has filled our house ever since.

Playing piano brings many health benefits that enrich us mentally and benefit our physical health. For instance, it has been scientifically proven that playing a musical instrument like piano doesn’t only enhance your skills but also contributes to your health throughout life.

The piano acts as a stress buster. According to research, even if you give just a few minutes of your busy day to playing the piano, it can lower the blood pressure and make you feel much more positive.

Scientific studies show that music stimulates the brain in a way that no other activity does. Playing a musical instrument like the piano adds new neural connections developing some higher tiers in the brain.

Another major benefit is how piano playing helps children accept criticism gracefully. Kids who take piano lessons get continuous feedbacks and constructive criticisms from their teachers. This prepares them to accept criticism in a positive way, building them into individuals with stronger and better mental health.

Some of the other benefits of piano playing include strengthening hand muscles, improving language skills, improving vocabulary skills and stimulating growth hormones.

Perhaps even more importantly, especially in today’s world, is that piano playing provides an “unplugged” outlet for children. Limiting electronics is something many parents and even adults need to be doing more and more. The effect of excessive time spent on electronics is linked to increased brain atrophy, impaired cognitive functioning and even increased cravings due to impaired dopamine functioning.

In my daughter’s case, piano playing has proven to be a good outlet for her and a way that she can show off her musical talents. It’s one of the most enjoyable times of the day when she is practicing.

It doesn’t have to be piano playing, but I hope all children can go in hot pursuit of finding something that takes them away from the screen and challenges them.

 

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