Music and the brain

The Harmonious Relationship: Between Mental Health and Piano Playing


Playing the piano has long been cherished for its ability to produce beautiful music and its role in entertainment and artistic expression. However, beyond these obvious benefits, piano playing has a profound impact on mental health, offering therapeutic effects that enhance cognitive function, emotional well-being, and overall mental resilience. This article explores the intricate relationship between mental health and piano playing, drawing on scientific research, expert opinions, and personal anecdotes. Cognitive Benefits of Piano Playing: Enhancement of Memory and Learning Learning to play the piano requires memorisation of notes, chords, and sequences, which stimulates the brain and enhances memory. This [...]

The Harmonious Relationship: Between Mental Health and Piano Playing2024-07-23T17:22:30+01:00

The Psychology Behind Playing Piano


Have you ever listened to a tune so enjoyable you lost yourself in the music? If you ask a sportsperson why they play their sport, they would usually answer with this: “It’s fun and I enjoy it”. Yet most of them ignore the fact that although the sport itself is physical, there is a mental aspect to it too. Furthermore, it offers an escape to a stress-free headspace. Many use sports to flee from reality and get lost in the bliss of doing what they love. The same concept can be applied to when playing the piano. I believe even more [...]

The Psychology Behind Playing Piano2024-04-27T00:08:00+01:00

The Fascinating Intersection of Piano and Neuroscience


The act of playing the piano is often seen as a captivating artistic endeavor that involves skill, emotion, and creativity. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, however, the practice of playing the piano also has a profound connection to the intricate workings of the human brain. This fascinating intersection of piano and neuroscience offers insights into how music engages the brain, promotes cognitive development, and influences our emotional well-being. The Brain's Harmonic Symphony: Neural Processing of Music When a pianist's fingers grace the keys, a complex symphony of neural activity is set in motion. As sound waves travel from the piano's strings [...]

The Fascinating Intersection of Piano and Neuroscience2023-09-20T14:38:58+01:00

What Is Perfect Pitch?


Most people have heard of the wonders of perfect pitch. But what exactly is it? Is it an innate ability? Can you learn it over time? Follow this article for an answer to all of your questions. Perfect pitch is considered a highly sought-after skill in the music industry, as it allows musicians to instantly identify and produce any musical note without the need for a reference. Musicians with perfect pitch are able to instantly recognise notes and chords, making it easier for them to compose, improvise, and transcribe music. They can also identify and correct pitch errors in their own [...]

What Is Perfect Pitch?2023-03-16T08:54:12+00:00

How To Improve Your Memory For The Piano


Improving your memory can be a great way to enhance your piano-playing skills and I am here to provide you with a few tips to achieve just that. Practice Regularly Consistent practice is crucial for improving your memory when learning to play the piano. When you practice the same pieces repeatedly, you are strengthening the neural connections in your brain that are responsible for muscle memory. This allows your fingers to move easily and smoothly over the keys, making it less challenging for you to recall the notes and fingerings as you play. In order to see results, try to [...]

How To Improve Your Memory For The Piano2023-01-30T05:19:04+00:00

Sound as a central aspect of music making


Absolutely everything produces sound. Traffic, speaking, waterfalls, cash machines... and my personal favourite, people playing instruments and people singing. Sound is defined as “vibrations that travel through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s ear”. From my experience we take sound for granted. I am quite certain that the majority of us does not hear a sound and think “that is a traveling vibration”. Music, having sound production in its essence, is perhaps the most abstract of arts - we can not see it, touch it, it enters our ears and the rest happens [...]

Sound as a central aspect of music making2021-06-24T19:18:50+01:00

Can playing the piano increase your IQ?


Learn why you can seriously increase your IQ when you learn how to play the piano. Playing the piano is good food for your brain and amazing for your future well-being! Playing a musical instrument can be a fun way to pass time and gain a new skill, whether you’re a complete beginner or have been playing for years. But could picking up an instrument boost your intelligence too? Research suggests that it could have a positive impact on your IQ as well as other measures of intellect According to research from the University of Zurich, regularly playing a musical instrument [...]

Can playing the piano increase your IQ?2021-03-01T10:25:16+00:00
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