The Physical Benefits of Piano Playing

The Physical Benefits of Piano Playing

Due to the fact that it is a hobby which mainly involves being in a seated position, many assume that piano playing is not associated with or linked to physical fitness.

However, recent studies taken by Dr Arthur Harvey, a retired professor from the University of Hawaii have found that in fact the opposite is true: piano playing comes with a number of physical and emotional benefits. His study was published in the American Music Conference with the aim of rewriting the wrong assumption that piano playing simply involves sitting down:

Motor Skills

As we get older, the fine motor skills which we had as children and young adults can begin to slow or dwindle. The reason for this is a lack of practice and the body is hardwired to forget any action which it does not need or use on a regular basis. However, by playing Yamaha pianos on a regular basis those motor skills receive regular workouts and are therefore more likely to remain intact and sharp.

Brain Function

One of the many reasons which parents cite when encouraging their children to have piano lessons is because of the improvement to brain function the hobby can have. As part of his study, Dr Harvey also confirmed that piano playing “activates the cerebellum and therefore may aid stroke victims in regaining language capabilities.”

Physiological Benefits

Dr Harvey also showed as part of his research that piano playing in the elderly increased levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which can be beneficial in stopping or slowing such “elderly” symptoms as osteoporosis, low energy, sexual function and diminishing muscle mass.

Emotional Benefits

In addition to the physical benefits, there are also emotional benefits to frequenting piano shop London. Whilst many studies have shown increased brain function to the point of improved examination results in those who play piano compared with non-players, further studies have shown that on the whole, those who play piano tend to be happier, well-adjusted and more likely to be able to accept criticism and praise, preparing them well for a life in the working world.