The Benefits of Instrumental Lessons..
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.
Playing the piano reduces stress and anxiety more than other creative art activities."
- International Journal of Music Education, 2011
"After nine months of weekly piano or voices lessons, young students' IQs rose nearly three points higher than those of their untrained peers."
- University of Toronto Study