Why would anyone want to learn piano when becoming a professional pianist is a dream that will only come true for the minority?

For one, it’s fun! But it also gives you skills that will be beneficial for your life and particularly for your brain functions. The following infographic from Encore Music Lessons highlights the major benefits you stand to gain from piano lessons in a way that’s fun and easy-to-understand.

Here are the 5 reasons why you (and your child) should sign up for piano lessons if you haven’t already:

1. Cognitive benefits

Human cognitive functions largely develop at a young age. Starting piano lessons when young has been found to boost a child’s cognitive development. The child’s abstract thinking is also enhanced, allowing for higher levels of creative thought that will be beneficial throughout her life.

The study by the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that even those who never made it past nursery rhyme songs and do-re-mi’s likely received some major developmental benefits just from playing. The study provides even more evidence as to why providing children with high-quality music education may be one of the most effective ways to ensure their success in life.

…Not only that, they believe that musical training could serve as a powerful treatment of cognitive disorders like ADHD. Via Interlude

2. Emotional and Social Benefits

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Research has revealed that piano students display higher levels of self-esteem and emotional health than non-musician peers. Additionally, playing the piano is a great way to relieve stress and anxiety, suggesting that the world might be a much happier place if we all played piano.

If your parents forced you to practice your scales by saying it would “build character,” they were onto something. The Washington Post reports that one of the largest scientific studies into music’s effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training doesn’t just affect your musical ability — it provides tremendous benefits to children’s emotional and behavioral maturation. Via Interlude

3. Give your brain a workout like no other activity can

In addition to the fun and fulfillment you get from playing the piano, you also give your brain a healthy workout. Playing piano demands performing multiple physical tasks simultaneously: sight reading, listening, playing the keys and stepping on the pedal. Other skills are also needed to play well (as seen in the infographic), and all these require active brain involvement.

4. Makes you smarter

Playing the piano makes you smarter by raising your IQ, increasing your focus and attention, boosting your pattern recognition and spatial organization skills and improving your verbal intelligence.

pianoWhile having a high IQ doesn’t guarantee life success, it sure helps with academic achievement. So if you feel you need a little IQ boost, keep reading. Measures of intelligence are not static and can be affected by life and school-related experiences. However, we need to know what works…

1) Take music lessons. Forget making your baby listen to Mozart. Listening to classical music doesn’t really boost your IQ. Now, it certainly won’t hurt your child and may be enjoyable to us as parents. The key here is to change the listening to doing. Give your child piano lessons or any type of music lessons. Playing music is good for the brain and can increase IQ. So if you want to give your child an edge, enroll them in band, orchestra or private music lessons. The benefits to IQ are small but long lasting. Via BeliefNet

5.Successful people did it

You may think that it’s all a façade, but not with all the successful people out there who took music classes when they were young – they range from actors to scientists and even presidents.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements. Via New York Times

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