Why play piano?
From classical to jazz, pianos can be found almost anywhere. Learning piano is also one of the best musical foundations you can have; most professional musicians have some background in piano. For anyone interested in composing, songwriting, or music theory, piano is nearly essential. John Williams, composer for classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and E.T. began his career as a pianist. But even if you don’t care about playing professionally, piano is a great way to learn to read music, train your ear, and have fun playing your favourite songs!
Piano is unique, in part, for the way it fully engages all parts of the mind and body. Pianists are required to read more music than most other instrumentalists (both bass and treble clef, often simultaneously), play independently with both hands, and make use of both feet. This means that not only does learning piano promote coordination and musicality, but it fully engages the brain. A study revealed that the cerebral cortex, a portion of the brain which is important in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness, was significantly more developed in subjects who had studied piano as opposed to similar subjects who had no musical training.
For both children and adults, learning to play the piano can be an incredibly rewarding experience, whether your goal is to become a concert pianist or just to play songs in your own time.