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Is playing piano good for your health?

Sep 03, 2020
3 min read
Chris explores some of the many health benefits that come from playing the piano

Playing the piano or keyboard is hugely beneficial to your physical and mental health in many ways.

Even the simple act of sitting in front of your piano, stilling yourself, and concentrating on the task at hand is a mindful activity that brings calmness, lowers anxiety, and relieves stress.

When I sit in front of the keys of a piano I also feel a deep and very real connection to history. Think about this; Every piece of music ever written or performed, from the first humming cavemen to aboriginal didgeridoo players, from the melopoioi of ancient Greece to the troubadours of medieval England, from the marching songs of the American civil war to Dame Vera Lynn, from Beethoven to the Beatles.

Every melody ever conceived throughout human history sits there within the keys waiting to be unlocked by your fingers. And by doing so you are, in a way, traveling through time and bringing the past to life.

If your home is busy with family, the piano itself can be a wonderful hub for bringing everyone together. This, of course, was almost the norm in the days before television where families would sing and play together around the piano. Quite wonderfully some of the modern digital pianos have all sorts of fun and engaging features (karaoke machines, follow-the-lights etc) in them to encourage this type of activity. (See my video below)

For all ages but particularly important for the extremes of the age scale (the very young and the very old) playing the piano or keyboard often is very good for your fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And many studies have shown that for older people playing piano encourages increased human growth hormones which can actually slow certain effects of aging like osteoporosis. Not to mention lower blood pressure and increased immune response brought about through stress relief.

For children, playing the piano can be beneficial for brain development which in turn can be helpful with other academic achievements like higher grades and passing exams, which is crucial for building their confidence and self-esteem. Amongst music teachers, there is general agreement that the earlier a child can begin taking formal lessons the better. “Playing an instrument changes how the brain interprets and integrates a wide range of sensory information, especially for those who start before age 7”.

In summary, it’s actually rather difficult to find any negative effects of playing piano or keyboard. Although from long personal experience of playing the piano, I’d say that it’s certainly better for your health to have friendly neighbors or ones that are hard-of-hearing!

But seriously, having a piano in your home presents an opportunity to achieve and sustain better physical and mental health for the whole family. It can become a companion through difficult times and will return the investment you make in it by bringing joy, laughter, and happiness to your life. And that is priceless.

Chris Hammond
Manager at ePianos
Chris handles all of our ePianos marketing, and is responsible for the creation and production of the majority of our product videos. Chris is also one of our top blog writers, having extensive knowledge of keyboard instruments, years of experience in musical instrument retail, and a background in live performance and composition.
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  • I don’t have a piano but a keyboard, digital piano underneath with pedals. Playing it certainly de-stresses one and lifts ones spirits in these awful times. It not only leaves me with a feeling of calmness but fulfilment and achievement in whatever I am playing. Even neighbours and family enjoy listening to me which has a knock on effect. Music can be enjoyed by all whether you play or just listen. It’s what feelings are all about. Whatever stage you are playing at don’t give up just enjoy. Know your strengths and weakness and do your best. We never stop learning and understand how powerful music can be if you let it into your heart.

  • Hi David /Chris
    I have just received the DVD about changing to a Genos Keyboard but i have already bought one from you about 12 months ago if you remember I part exchanged my Tyros 5 i am still trying to work out a lot on the Genos trying to find registrations and other things I am 82 years old I carn’t read music and due to arthritis in my left hand have trouble playing some cords I love playing my Genos so any help you can give me i would be very grateful .

    Many Thanks

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