Play the Piano

To anyone who has been paying attention, the fact that our society is moving towards a more fast-paced, instant-gratification culture is not news.  With the invention of such marvels as the microwave, the cell phone, and “instant messaging,” Modern Culture has certainly shifted into high gear.  The risk, however, with this lightning-fast pace is that we may be losing our identity along the way.

Children today are rarely taught such niceties as etiquette, penmanship, and literature.  The result?  Our future leaders lack the trappings of academia and a sense of their place in the World.  They no longer appreciate the importance of complex thought, articulation, beauty, courtesy – or any number of other things that can’t be adjusted on an LCD screen.  In addition, kids today spend so much time isolated across the internet or the latest video game system that the complexities of social behavior have become a mystery to them – with disastrous results.

The concept of culture is not extinct yet, however.  Though the sitting room days of musical gatherings, book readings, home and hearth may seem provincial in the Digital Age, our salvation may come from an unlikely source:  Science.

Recent scientific studies have determined that such simple disciplines as piano lessons can not only bump our IQ (an attractive goal in any age), but can also give us a better understanding of our emotions and how we interact with others.  Widely-publicized findings in such major periodicals as Forbes Magazine and USA Today have helped to inform the general public that listening to music (especially complex music like jazz, ragtime, or classical) actually increases our cognitive capabilities.  Other credible organizations like the National Association for Music Education and Neurological Research Magazine have published documentation that music training not only makes us smarter – it makes us happier and more social people.  These (and many other) organizations have done such a tremendous job promoting this simple truth that most of us have at least heard that music makes us smarter.  What we haven’t heard, however, is that listening to music is only the first step.  While the famous “Mozart Effect” study did conclude that listening to music can improve test scores in school, later studies have concluded that this effect lasts for less than two hours.  Listening to good music is only the first step in a smarter, happier you.  To be of permanent benefit to us, our musical experiences require our participation.

Regular piano lessons will not only help you “buff up” your brain, they will also help you reduce stress, enhance your immune system, improve your mood, interact with others, and even help to prevent cancer.  The benefits are endless!

So play.  Whether you’re a child – just beginning your cognitive development – or an adult who can still remember walking “uphill both ways” to school, you’re a prime candidate for piano lessons.  Science has shown us that the very discipline we’re dropping from our schools and schedules is THE key to our future development as human beings.  …so stop this trend in your home.  Give your family the benefit of culture.  People of all ages, styles, or skill levels can gain permanent benefits to body, mind and soul by taking piano lessons.  The results may not be “instant,” but the benefits will last a lifetime.

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4 thoughts on “Play the Piano

  1. Ray Jozwiak

    You are so right about the benefits of music. The older I get and the better I understand myself, the more I get involved in my music and avoid the mundane leisure and entertainment offerings of contemporary pop culture. I realize you are online primarily to promote your piano service business. But I really do believe, like you, in the benefits of cultural and self-development pursuits from which our society seems to be quickly moving away from.

  2. James Post author

    @Ray Jozwiak
    Thanks, Ray. We are very passionate about the importance of bringing music to the younger generations. As the old saying goes… “If you want to sell more golf clubs, you have to make more golfers!” Thus, we’re using our marketing money and promotional energies to bring more kids (of all ages!) to music. It’s a win-win for everyone.

  3. Patrick Downing

    Thank you for this excellent post, James! Regarding your point about music reducing stress, I completely agree. There have been many times where I will get home from a very stressful day at work, then all of that tension gradually fades away when I just sit down and play my piano. I also enjoyed your comment about music making us happier and more social invididuals. Makes me think back to my college days – so many of my friends were involved in numerous campus activities, and a large portion of them were music majors.

    I’ve played piano since I was a kid, and I have no intension of stopping!

  4. James Harding Post author

    Thanks, Patrick. You couldn’t be more right. I love coming home and pounding out a few “decompression tunes” before I start my evening. Can there be anything better?! Thanks for reading! …and thanks for your comment.

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