Benefits of Playing


There is something instantly appealing about playing the piano. We are immediately drawn to its familiar sounds, and people are quick to gather round the piano at parties and sing-alongs. In schools, churches and millions of homes across our country, the piano is part of the story of our lives.

In addition to the emotional and social income gained by making music, playing the piano offers educational and wellness benefits. Recent research supports findings that music study may be linked to higher brain function in learning. Learning to play the piano can help your child be more successful in school and develop skills that they can use their entire life:

In a study at McGill University in Montreal, children who took piano lessons for three years scored higher than their peers on tests of general and spatial cognitive development – the very faculties needed for performance in math and engineering and other pursuits.


Music can have a powerful influence on a child’s development from the very youngest age, and the lullabies you play or sing for your baby will mark their first steps on the road to a lifetime of musical enjoyment and expression. It’s an important journey, one with incredible benefits. In addition to stimulating creativity and adding social enjoyment, active music making has been shown to contribute to making kids brighter, in ways we’re just beginning to understand.

Later in life, music continues to provide hidden benefits. It even seems to help curb depression and loneliness in older people. A lifetime of music begins in childhood, and your child will never

be more ready to learn than in these early years.

What parents should know:

What parents can do: