Why to play the piano?
30 reasons to play the piano. Vol. 2
Why can we find it helpful to play the piano?
Playing the piano gives you joy. Researches carried out on the University Of Montreal by Valerie Salimpoor and Robert Zatorre prove that when we play melodies we like, our brain produces increased amount of dopamine released into the bloodstream. Dopamine is known as a hormone of happiness. It is responsible for motor coordination, muscle tension, emotional and cognitive processes and it regulates the release of hormones. 1,2
Playing compositions that we are familiar with relaxes us and puts us into a serene state of mind. All methods of relaxation are based on directing our attention to something pleasant and tranquilising. Playing the piano is nothing else than training our concentration and focusing on a pleasant sound of an instrument.
The ability to master and flawlessly play a new composition gives you satisfaction compared to passing most important exams. Every composition consists of less and more difficult elements. We may easily perform simple pieces only to struggle with the problematic ones. Working on the complicated parts separately makes us proficient and, as the result, we manage to play the whole composition at an even pace. That makes us fulfilled in the way known only to pianists.
You achieve results by regular practice. It concerns not only playing the piano but also practicing any other skill. Becoming proficient in something makes us eager to practice every day and creates the habit of systematic work. The results of systematic work are permanent and long-term. People who do not organize their work in regular activities struggle with accumulation of responsibilities, lack of time and pressure of deadlines.
The sense of rhythm is present not only in music but also in everyday life. Mere daily activities such as getting up, cooking, joining the conversation or entering different situations are performed in appropriate time and pace. According to the research carried out at Cambridge University, rhythm abilities are connected with learning and reading skills. Therefore, the study of rhythmics may be helpful in treating dyslexia. 3
In the tight schedule of ambitious and world curious people every minute is worth their weight in gold. The combination of determination, sense of rhythm and systematicity pays off in having more time not only for responsibilities but also pleasures.
Playing the piano is a likeably activity. A number of people who start their piano adventure, stay in good relation with the instrument for years. Very often the piano becomes their main interest. Having a passion is important for everyone. It gives a great value to our lives and makes it fascinating. Passioned people have wealthier inner life and are simply happier.
Sitting at the instrument makes our body naturally take the correct posture. It’s much easier to play when you maintain the right posture. Owing to systematic practice we develop the habit of sitting straight. This has a salutary influence on the health of both our body and mind. People sitting straight have more faith in their ideas and the value of their work. 4
While you master considerable pianist skills you can use them to earn money. You can give piano lessons, perform or record as a session musician. It’s not only the way for extra income but also the way to earn money doing something you like.
Musicians are the group of open-mined people, often very intelligent and cheerful. Playing the piano results in entering this circle and, before we notice, finding a common ground with people sharing the same interests.