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  1. It’s great to know that learning the piano improves social skills. My son struggles with making friends at school and I want to know how I can help him improve his social skills. I’ll be sure to ask him if he wants to try learning the piano.

  2. I liked how you said that the brain improves reaction time and productivity when learning how to play the piano. Who wouldn’t want their brain to have better reaction time and productivity? I should look into learning how to play the piano.

  3. Prajakta Deshamukh

    Hey… Usefull information. Thanks.
    Can you please guide me about Korg B1. Which is the better one in korg B1 or Casio privia px 160.

    • Welcome and thank you for your comment.

      Both the Korg B1 and the Casio PX160 are good choices.

      But right now, I would take a look at the 2019 model the Casio PX S1000. It’s better than both the Korg and the PX160.

  4. Prajakta Deshamukh

    Can you please guide me about Korg B1. Which is the better one in korg B1 or Casio privia px 160.

  5. Nahid

    Hi
    Tnx for the info and encouragement. I’m 54 and started learning piano a year ago. My motivation was fear of alzheimer, so I decided to keep my brain running; although its very hard at my age but its NOT impossible.

    • Maurice

      As a piano player myself I know that memory can be a challenge. My memory is not that good either way… But if you are afraid of Alzheimers deceise, please read Neal Barnards “Power Foods for the Brain” …it will help a lot, even more than playing piano. But doing both is even better of course 🙂 Please let me know what you think. Kind regards, Maurice

      • Hi Maurice,

        Thanks for the suggestion. That’s very kind of you and I will definitely check that book out.
        I’m no expert about brain. But I do believe that it works more or less like the rest of our bodies. We need good food but at the same time also exercise. Playing piano is my way of exercising my brain.

  6. You got me when you said that music can actually boost your mood and make you feel happy since listening to music is therapeutic. With that in mind, I’ll find a piano class where I can enroll myself. Since my husband left me for someone else, I can’t help but be consumed by loneliness. What I want is to find a way to release my emotions and feel a lot better. Since I love to look at pianos, I’ll consider learning to play one.

  7. I find it cool when you said that enrolling children in piano classes can help give their brains a good workout while improving their hand coordination and nerve sensitivity. Learning about this convinced me to buy a piano for our home this weekend. That way, I can hire a private tutor for my children while letting them have an outlet to get rid of their stress as well.

    • Hi Yoshiko,

      Welcome and thank you for your comment. First of all, you won’t regret it. It’s not just that I said it, it’s proven by science that playing piano can help develop kids in many different ways.

      Secondly, your children will be grateful to your decision. Maybe not initially, but they will eventually. Many people who play piano as a child get back to it in their late 20s or early 30s. And they appreciate the experience they have playing piano in their childhood.

      Do come back and let us know how it goes with your children.

    • Hi Fei, I’m glad that you agree. I guess you do play the piano and are benefiting from all the fruits of it. Do come back and tell us your story!

  8. I love your well-written, encouraging article, Wei. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

    I own an old, upright piano. You’ve almost convinced my to take up lessons again! But, can I find the time…

    YES! I need my neural pathways widened giving me more access to my brain! I didn’t realize learning to play piano could do this.

    Am I right in assuming this can also keep me from developing Alzheimer’s disease?

    Wondering,
    Laura

    • Hi Laura, So glad to see you excited again about piano. If you are busy, my advice would be to practice on your own without a teacher. This way it’s easier to manage time and you actually don’t need to spend much time on practice everyday.

      As for Alzheimer, I couldn’t find any evidence of that. I would hope so because that’s my worst nightmare.

      Thanks for dropping by Laura and you are welcomed here anytime.

      Cheers,
      Wei

    • Hi Mariette,

      Thank you for the comment! I guess everyone kind of know that there are benefits of learning a music instrument. But few know exactly how much benefits are there. I’m glad I help a little on this topic.

    • Hi Jamaar,

      Thanks for dropping by and leave a comment. I choose five major benefits of learning to play the piano in this post. There are however a lot more benefits. If you ask me, it definitely worth the journey.

  9. Brandon

    I would have never guessed that learning the piano was a good stress reliever! This is amazing and I think a great idea for me who’s always stressed from work and would like to come home and wind down. This is a no brainer for me and I’ll be getting a piano asap. What brand do you recommend for a newbie? Cheers.

    • Hi Brandon, thanks for dropping by! I’m glad I have given you some ideas. A word of caution though, don’t be hard on yourself if you decide to start learning piano. As you can imagine, the journey can be long and hard. If you beat yourself up, it would just create more stress. Focus on the process not the result. As for keyboard, you can check my review on the Kawai ES110. I highly recommend that one. If you are tight on budget, then the Yamaha P45 is great for you. Check my review of that one here!

  10. stephen

    Just the post I was looking for. I was just thinking I would love to start playing the piano and even considered looking at one. Then I told myself I was too old to learn. I read your article and it has given me a new desire to learn to play the piano. Thanks for the encouragement

    • Hi Stephen, you make me a happy man knowing what I wrote inspires someone. If you need any help along the journey of learning the piano, come back here and drop me a line. I would be more than happy to help you anyway I can!

  11. Dave

    We “inherited” a piano from my wife’s grandmother. My daughter wasn’t interested, but my son took to it right away as he watched YouTube videos on how to play some of the top-40 songs and such. When he sent me a video of him playing the piano (and it was amazing – I thought someone else was playing it until he turned the phone to him), we decided it was time for lessons. He excelled and now that he’s older, he still plays, but the knowledge he learned from lessons on the piano has leveraged over into Band at school and he’s picked up the Clarinet and already knows how to read music, chords, etc. He’s excelling at it…

    • Hi Dave, thanks for sharing the story of your son. You must be very proud! It’s true once you learn piano, you can learn other instruments fast and easy. My best wishes to you and your family Dave!

  12. I believe learning piano will be benefit for anyone. Therefore, I ask my son to learn that too. Nowadays, many different kind of stress come from school, such as homework, test, exam, even after school activities is stressful too. I think I need to learn also. What my job need much brain power. I want to boost my brain performance as high as possible in order to make the job easy and less stress. Your post tells me more details about the benefit of learning piano. It really inspire me a lot.

    I hope I am too old to learn the piano:)

    Thanks for sharing,
    CT

    • Hi CT, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. It means a lot to me that my post inspires you. I do want to point out two things to you: first, you are never too old to learn piano! Second, even though there are tons of benefits from it, you probably should start learning the piano with passion and fun in mind. If all you think is stress release, boosting brain performance, you probably won’t practice much in the beginning. Just my 2 cents, I could be wrong though. Thanks again and come back for more!

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