Music has a well documented history of improving the minds functionality. Even by just listening to music, studies have shown that we can increase our own cognitive abilities. The most wonderful thing is that we are still learning about how music affects our lives.
- Playing an instrument such as piano has been shown to improve IQ. Students with just 9 months of musical training were shown to have an increase of 3 IQ points among peers who did not undertake the lessons. 4
- Students who play an instrument are more likely to be able to speak a second or third language
- Cognitive benefits stay with you throughout life if you've played piano for at least 10 years
Studies have shown that people who have played music at some point in their life, have better cognitive function, with better performance for object-naming, visuospatial memory and rapid mental processing. 5
- Playing piano helps to fight off dimentia in advanced ages
Any activity that engages your brain can preserve brain functions in older age, but very few offer physical, mental and social stimulation like playing music does. Additionally, playing piano is something that is easy to continue doing during more advanced ages, unlike physical exercise. 5
- Music playing and learning progression is a great way to destress
- Children who have been exposed to music education have increased verbal intelligence. Students who had received regular music lessons during these early years have been proven to have increased understanding of vocabulary and a stronger ability to explain the meaning of those words.
1. Middle-Aged Music Man
(The New York Times)
2. Music Lessons Early In Life Could Boost Brain Development, Study Suggests
3. Mental benefits of music lessons echo years after practice ends
(Los Angeles Times)
4. Sorry Kids, Piano Lessons Make You Smarter
6. Music Training Enhances Children's Verbal Intelligence