10 reasons to play the piano

Published by Alfred MusicI am always asked if the piano is worth learning. Is it possible to achieve anything? Is it a suitable hobby? Or something which children endure rather like maths at school!

There are so many reasons why both adults and children benefit from the study of a musical instrument.Β  Here are my top ten, to encourage you to learn the piano:

1. Music brings us all so much happiness – it really is very central to our lives. It is important to be given the chance to make music because it can give us an emotional and creative outlet.

2. Playing an instrument is an excellent source of pleasure and fulfilment and can provide a deep sense of satisfaction.

3. The piano provides both melody and harmony, therefore it can be played solo without any accompaniment. This is not the case with many other musical instruments (like the clarinet or violin which only produce one line, usually the melody line, so an accompaniment is always needed).

4. It is possible to make coherent sounds on the piano from the very beginning because it has ready-made pitches (you depress a key and it makes a sound) unlike other instruments where it can take many months of study before a pleasant sound is produced (this is true of brass and string instruments especially).

5. Mastering the piano requires a tremendous amount of co-ordination (you really do have to multi-task!) so this can cultivate many useful mental skills. It really focuses the mind.

6. It has been proved that children (and adults) who take part in musical activities are happier and more sociable than those who don’t.

7. The study of music is an extension of the learning process so children who excel at piano playing often do well at school too.

8. Playing the piano provides a ready made opportunity to perform. Performing is so important for everybody. If practised regularly, it builds confidence – which, as we all know, is crucial for success in all walks of life.

9. It can develop a passion and an interest in life.

10. Its fun!

All you need to do now is motivate yourself to get playing. Good luck and have fun.

You can purchase my book, So You Want To Play The Piano? which is packed with many practice tips and useful information, here.

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47 thoughts on “10 reasons to play the piano

    • Emma, I wanted to let you know that I started taking lessons for piano at the age of 58. That was almost 3 yrs ago. I knew nothing at all about it (except I always wanted to learn), didn’t read sheet music, didn’t know one key from the next. Now here it is near 3 yrs later and I am at early intermediate level. And having the time of my life! Take that first step, it is NEVER too late. πŸ™‚

  1. Two piano teachers in the city where I live have told me that I’m ‘awkward’. I started learning at 36, now I’m 42, have given up once before and now, after I’ve failed my grade 3 I’m thinking of throwing in the towel for good and sticking my piano on Ebay, forever holding a grudge against my parents who persistently told me no when I asked if I could go to piano lessons as a young boy.

    The fact is that when you are on two lots of medication , including a bromide based antidepressant drug, everything takes so much longer to sink in, so you study harder, practice more rigourously and the enjoyment of learning the instrument just peters out. Yet the piano teachers I’ve dealt with in the past never seem to realise my predicament. I guess it’s because they’re used to teaching nice little middle-class kids with pushy parents and who are afraid to ask questions.

    Is there no room for a therapeutic value to learning to play a musical instrument, and just like my prejudiced parents told me many years ago, is going to piano lessons just not even thought about if you happen to be from a lower-class background?? And should learning the piano be a cause for, or a relief from anxiety and stress?? (It should be the latter in my honest opinion).

    pp69

  2. thank you Liza, your words made me decide to buy a digital piano and get back to playing after since I was in high school, some 20 years ago, a big thank you from Mexico! Laura

  3. Hi Mel
    Your article hits the nail on the head so to speak for me! Having joined a ladies chorus earlier this year, I rediscoverd my love for singing and music. In September, I restarted piano lessons more than 3 decades after my last formal lesson whilst at school! I am totally loving it thanks to a wonderful teacher who is just brilliant with me and all her other adult pupils. It’s a ‘no brainer’ – just do it πŸ™‚

  4. I can experiment more with different ideas with adults – spicy scales – one against two etc until their brains are so stretched they scream STOP CEINWEN!! he he. NO ONE is too old regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, or mental health. I have adult pupils with depression, anxiety, stress and OCD – they are all honest with me which helps me teach to their strong points and strengthen their less strong points πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you…I am thrilled reading all your reasons for playing the piano. I agree 100%! I have been playing since I was a little girl, and I now have my own students, and I can just say; playing the piano gives so much joy and satisfaction!

  6. Dude ppl should play piano because its only the best instrument and a way to communicate feelings that can’t be put in words

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  10. Hi PP69,

    I am 35 now. I’ve been taking lessons for the past 8-9 months and fiddling with piano (digital) myself for the last 3-4 years. I didn’t read music and had no musical background; I just enjoy it. I did not have any lofty goals when I started. I just wanted to learn and make some decent music. Yes, there are frustrating times, but then I take breaks, for a few minutes, sometimes hours or days. Breaks really help; they give time to think, contemplate and rejuvenate. Like you, I need time to understand anything, but I keep pursuing. I learn about harmony, I watch videos of both instructions and recitals, and I take up anything one at a time. I love the learning process itself. It is challenging but I like the challenge. I have a 7-year old autistic son and 2 month old baby boy at home. I have a demanding job. I hardly get time but I make do whenever I can.
    My parents were same as yours. But they don’t decide for me anymore and I am pursuing my dreams and interests now by myself.

    I was hesitant to get a teacher as I thought I am too old to learn from a teacher. But my wife saw my immense interest in music and pushed me to go to a teacher. I thank her greatly for it. I am so lucky that my teacher is immensely talented and adept at inspiring his students. He is old but passionate. Please don’t loose heart. Shop for good teacher who inspires until you find one. My teacher when starting to teach a new piece, he starts by telling about the composer and the piece, then he gives superb advice on every nuance it requires and makes it easy for me. I fall between late elementary and early intermediate. All my teachers’ students are young ones. I am the only one over even 20. I am totally at home with him.

    I’d say
    1. Find a good teacher. Ask around and don’t stop till you find one with good attitude.
    2. Don’t loose heart. Keep learning, learn from books and web resources, keep experimenting, keep playing and keep motivated. The idea is to have fun.
    3. Loose big goals. Don’t try to leap in a short time. But do have achievable short goals (varies with each person). Play for yourself first and enjoy whatever you do instead of pleasing others (eventually after getting comfortable we can do this). respect your own effort
    And enjoy every moment.

    Melanie can give you better advice on the playing itself and about people learning from all age groups. But I only want to share about my life with music to motivate you (especially the fact that I am a big time quitter and I pursue piano for so long should help too :)).

    Hope you never give up and make the music you love.
    VJ.

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  12. Thank you for posting the reasons .These motivate me to play piano.It is wonderful to play piano.I love music.Thanks for sharing

  13. so good to hear other oldies learning piano. I too have taken it up at age 57 and absolutely enjoying the process of learning. I dont have any specific goals although I am now able to play jazz songs and accompany my teacher playing saxophone after not quite two years

  14. I like how you pointed out that learning the piano is beneficial since it hones your mental skills be requiring you to focus your mind on coordination. I’ve been thinking of enrolling my daughter in piano, so it’s good to know she can benefit from it mentally. Hopefully this benefit will transfer well into a school atmosphere for her too.

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