Benefits of piano music

Piano music in history

The piano has been the main instrument through which music has been communicated over the years. This musical experience, whether it was through listening, performing, or composing provided entertainment, relaxation, inspiration through its message. The type of message was conveyed through the combination of melodies, the tone of the instrument and the rhythm of the selections. The rich sound of the acoustic piano was generated when tiny hammers made contact with metal strings. Generally, piano music was viewed as music for relaxation.

Later, in combination with drums, a guitar and probably a horn, people began to enjoy music with a beat and were able to dance, not only slow tempos, but also party settings.

The nature of music today

The nature of the accoustic piano has not changed. However, what is generated as music today has evolved to include several other instruments, and includes other elements that provide different impact on our minds and emotions. The use of groove-based music, using drum patterns and electronic piano and guitar sounds has now become popular as is evident in today’s dance music, music in ads, background music in films, and worship music. The movement towards the electronic keyboards grew because of its portability and the variety of piano voices that could be found and used.

As the famous singer Stevie Wonder sang ” You can feel it all over”. 

Is the change good or bad?

In a world constantly competing for our attention through computers and related gadgets we are caught up in energetic vibes around the clock. We hardly find time to enjoy silence or music that is relaxing. We now have to schedule relaxation. So along with the entertainment and excitement of louder, stronger music, there is still a need for that distinctive sound and some music to help us that will give us a sense of peace and calm.

How can we still benefit

Piano playing in the background enhances work, study, creativity, and of course, relaxation. Because of the melodies, the tempo, the arrangements and the soothing effects, it is used during massage therapies, treatment of insomnia, depression and in diffusing anxiety issues. In addition to listening, there is a lot more pleasure and fulfillment that can be received from actually playing the piano. 

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Psychologists swear by it, with the observation that:     

  • Adults who play piano, experience increase dexterity, and improvements in memory skills
  • Many cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and stroke have been eased with working through those musical patterns and enjoying the pleasure of producing the sounds.
  • It may delay the onset of dementia
  • Kids who play piano are better able to focus and improve their academic studies as thier brain develops. It is highly recommended for special needs in kids.
  • Kids, and adults alike, benefit from the development of discipline

It is the combination of elements that forces us to let go of the everyday busyness, relax and wind down. It is felt that many lifestyle diseases are sustained by lack of relaxation in the body. This means that instead of reaching for a pill, we could  schedule time to relax.

There are so many songs we love, and being able to play them is a  soul- satisfying and relaxing activity. Some people love playing from music that is already written, some prefer playing by ear, and some do both. You can start with simple melodies and simple songs like “Happy birthday” and learn the patterns on the piano and, with expert guidance, move on to more advanced musical selections which allow you to entertain your family and friends or patrons of a piano bar.

Have you tried?

Do you find value in hearing the piano? Have you tried just chilling out with some piano music playing in the background or watching someone play?  Are you a professional piano player? Have you thought of playing piano as a hobby? Why not share your thoughts with us?

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Thank you for stopping by

Joy

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20 Comments

  1. Seyi

    Piano is definitely one of the most interesting instruments if not the most interesting to me. I am a drummer and I can confidently say I enjoy the piano a lot. I am currently learning how to play and I’m still at the beginners stage though I can hold few chords now on the piano. For me it’s one of the best ways to relax as it gives me unexplainable pleasure both when I play or watch someone play . It also helps me to meditate as I have audio of just the piano playing cool tunes on my phone. You just have to love the piano.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Seyi, Keep working on your piano skills and you will not regret it. It is true. Piano music is good for the soul whether listening or playing. It might take a while to get those special skills but  with patience you will get there especially since you are familiar with drum patterns. Best wishes. Thanks for you comments.

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  2. ajibola40

    Thanks for writing this article on benefits of piano, also thanks for the short history on piano. I have been going for piano lessons for a while now and I have been learning how to play it because I seems to find joy and peace of mind when it is been play at any occasion and even at home when I play it. I like to make it my hobby and also play for my family during our leisure time 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Ajibola. I am glad you are seeing the benefits of piano music. This benefits will be with you for a long time to come and your kids will grow to appreciate it. Best wishes. Thank you for your comments.

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  3. Olalekan Taliat

    Though not a professional piano player I have come to realised that over the years my power of concentration increase with a soft background piano music . while studying for exams, I make sure if there is no taciturnity silence, I go for a cool piano music. The change in the use of piano is basically the inclusion of several other musical instruments, this I must confess does not go down well with me when I need a relaxing soft piano music. Thank for sharing.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Olalekan, band music fills a need and has its place, but nothing can replace the effects of the beautiful sounds of a piano, well played. Keep on loving that piano music. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. Louis

    Listening to the notes of the piano, I am always relaxed. It seems to be a stress relieving recreation. Sadly though, I am no good at playing the piano as my fingers are too messy to play the right keys.

    However, I must allude to the fact that kids who are good at musical instruments, tend to be better than their peers academically. I don’t know if there’s a correlation or if it’s a placebo effect. I will definitely train my kid in the use of musical instrument early enough, to help him develop discipline in life.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Louis, you are so right. Kids who learn piano, also learn skills that benefit their academic work, their athletic projects and all of life. But you are never to old to learn. Maybe you could start a class and see how you progress. Thanks for your comments. Best wishes !

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  5. Paul

    Dear Joy,

    Thanks for the Great inspiring article! This has to be motivating, not only for me but also for many others.

    This post means a lot to me because very recently I decided to learn piano. In our church although we have a piano there is no one to play it. Actually there is one person who will play, it but he is not coming to the church for nearly one year and we are singing without music. When my pastor felt bad about it I said “I will learn it pastor, not to worry”. 

    I got great insights from your post and your article certainly made me think more on the subject. After reading the benefits of piano music I am amazed and I am more interested to learn it.

    Great information, you have really given a lot of value here.

    Much Success!

    Paul

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Paul, I know those stories. There are so many churches that do not have a committed musician, and yet music is such an essential part of the worship experience. Your deciding to learn piano is good for your church and good for you. There are lots of you tube videos that will show you how to master your favorite worship songs. So, get ready to inspire !!! Thanks for your comments. Best wishes.

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  6. phranell86

    My dad bought me a small piano when I was growing up and I enjoyed playing it. Sadly, I had no teacher, so I only learned to play “London Bridge” and “Jack & Jill.”Personally, I feel stressed out easily and to relax, I listen to jazz music play with pianos. It has a soothing effect on me and helps with my insomnia problem. I don’t have a piano presently, but will love to buy one soon as a way to rekindle my hobby. If money isn’t a problem, what do you suggest I look for in a good piano? Also, do you have a youtube channel where I can see some piano lessons?

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Phranell, piano music is used a lot in relaxation therapy and it helps insomnia. If you are planning to start lessons, make sure your instrument has at least 5 octaves or 76 keys. Go for the well known brands like Yamaha, Alesis, Kawaii, Casio or Roland. There are  demonstrations on YouTube so you will be able to find a preference. I will be posting  piano lessons very soon on this site, so stay tuned. Thank you for your comments

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  7. Seun Afotanju

    Thanks for such amazing post, While learning piano at a young age I realized its  a great way to develop discipline, self-esteem, and academic skills, it’s never too late to benefit from the power of playing. Playing piano can also help alleviate symptoms of dementia, PTSD, and stroke, by improving cognition and dexterity, and reducing stress. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Seun, it is more valuable than people think, and after learning to play or making listening to piano a habit, you can see the overall improvements in the quality of your life. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. tushar24

    Ow, that is a very nice article based on piano music. I love to listen the sound of a piano. But I had no documentary knowledge of how a piano can be of benefit to me. From my experience ,listening to piano music when I go to my math studies makes it easier to do my work. Now I am learning from this article that it can decrease my stress too. Kids can also develop their academic study using the help of piano music. This sounds so cool! I love to chill out and watch someone play. I’m not a professional piano player. Listening to piano music is my hobby.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Tushar, I am glad you found the article helpful. Yes, listening to piano is good. One day you might find the time and the desire to actually learn to play. If so, go for it !!! Thank you for your comments.

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  9. Kenechi

    Ohh Permit me to call your article my hobby article. Music is my hobby. It is the food for my soul and I can’t do without it. I am a song writer and I receive my inspirations most times whenever a piano or guitar is played around me. Each time piano is played around me, the inspiration to write down songs would begin to overwhelm me until I put down these songs into writing. I am still learning how to play piano and I will perfect it in no time. Music is life. Piano is my food. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Kenechi, songwriting is big business these days. People express themselves through songwriting and it can inspire the whole world with the technology we have available. Keep on working on those piano lessons. Songwriters who play piano are at a distinct advantage. Thanks for your comments

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  10. Peace

    With your question, ”is the change good or bad”, comes a sense of foreboding. Which leads me to think how we are diving head long into a collision, with this fast paced and energetic vibes we get from computers and gadgets, that we can’t seem to detach from. 

    Music in the background, can serve many advantageous purposes, such as: curbing distractions and aiding full concentration in work and study. As a student, I found it hard to study without music. And when I’m doing chores around the house, I like to have music playing in the background, it makes the work practically breeze by. It also helps in meditation and prayer and it also serves as a lullaby, lulling me to sleep. 

    It’s a medicine for mental and emotional well being.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Oh yes. Piano music is still great for background support in study and work. It also has great value in meditation and prayer. Keep on loving that piano music. Thanks for your comments

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