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Numerous studies extol the value of piano study for children, adults and seniors. Here are a few of the many study results:

CHILDREN: A Canadian study finds that musical training for children exercises parts of the brain used in mathematics, spatial intelligence, language studies and boosts general test scores. A paper published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience determined that children who have had music lessons tend to have a larger vocabulary and better reading skills than those who haven’t had any musical training. Schellenberg’s study found that children put into an afterschool piano lesson program gained an average of 7 IQ points over the year as opposed to those not taking lessons. Children who take piano lessons demonstrate increased focus and concentration, sharper motor skills, coordination and self-confidence.

TEENS: Children who continue their lessons through their teenage years average about 100 points higher on the SAT. In 1994, research revealed undergraduates who majored in music had the highest acceptance rate into medical school, at 66%. In Hanna Pladdy’s 2011 study of adults 60 to 83 years old, those who had taken at least 10 years of music lessons scored the highest in nonverbal and visual-spatial memory, naming objects, and taking in and adapting to new information. Those with no musical training had the lowest scores. These results demonstrate that musical training can have a “profound” and lasting impact on the brain, creating additional neural connections in childhood and through the teen years. Additionally teens studying music demonstrated an increase in work ethic, concentration and focus for school studies, diligence, creativity, self-reliance and perseverance.

ADULTS: Mitchell Gaynor M.D., in his book Sounds of Healing, demonstrates that music has therapeutic physical effects including reduced anxiety, heart and respiratory rates; reduced cardiac complications; lowered blood pressure; and increased immune responses. Barry Bittman, MD produced a study which showed that 45 stress-related genes showed a significant reversal in adults who used piano playing as a means of relaxation. Playing the piano can also help reduce job burnout and improve your mood. A 2003 study by Harvard neurologist Gottfried Schlaug found that the brains of adult professional musicians had a larger volume of gray matter and white matter than the brains of non-musicians, leading to an increase in brain plasticity.

ELDERLY: Piano lessons and musical study has been shown to improve the physical health of the elderly. Playing music, according to Dr. Harvey’s research, “activates the cerebellum and therefore may aid stroke victims in regaining language capabilities.” Additional research revealed that keyboard lessons had a significant effect on increasing levels of human growth hormone (HGH), which is implicated in slowing the processes of aging and decreases conditions such as osteoporosis, alzheimers, low energy, wrinkling, low libido, muscle mass, and aches and pains. Older musicians don’t experience typical aging in the auditory cortex that leads to hearing decline. The Record.com: Michael Roizen, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD.

Taking piano lessons offers proven benefits for everyone including many, many hours, days and years of personal fulfillment and enjoyment. What are you waiting for? Start your lessons today.
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