and more adults are taking piano lessons. Many adult piano students find that playing beautiful music relaxes them after
a long day at work. Piano lessons are a wonderful outlet for feelings, emotions and stress! Mastering each piece of
music provides a great sense of value and enjoyment. Lessons also improve one's discipline, focus and concentration. Adults are also returning to piano lessons after taking them as children.
Some adults may have had bad experiences or became too busy with other activities and now realize the importance of music
in their lives. Professional people have discovered that piano playing is one of the most relaxing things they can do after work. It
allows them to get their minds off the activities of the day and just focus on the pleasure of making their own music. Some
adults have even taken it a step further and become proficient
enough to play at social events and parties. Re-learning
piano as an adult can be very rewarding. Not only will you improve your piano skills you will stimulate your brain. Adults
who take piano lessons often report a better ability to concentrate. Many also realize a greater aptitude for learning other
new skills. These things carry over into other parts of adult life, from work, to hobbies and even raising children.
Memory Enhancement :Musical study can play an important role in helping seniors keep a sharp
mind. Research has linked playing an instrument to the stimulation of areas of the brain involved with memory, which may have
implications in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For example, a 21-year study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx followed
469 seniors between the ages of 75 and 85 who did not have dementia at beginning of the study. The results, which were published
in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003, demonstrated a strong association between
cognitively challenging leisure activities, including playing a musical instrument, and a decreased risk of developing dementia.
Another study, conducted in an Illinois retirement home, revealed that seniors, ranging in age from their late 70s to early 90s, saw a 50 to 70%
improvement in their memory after just 16 weeks of learning a new musical instrument. It is believed that the processes involved
in playing a musical instrument may provide the cognitive exercise the brain needs to protect itself against memory loss.
Physical Benefits Physical health and playing an instrument also seem to go hand in hand. Research by Dr. Frank Wilson of the University
Of California School Of Medicine in San Francisco found that learning to play a musical instrument, besides bettering concentration
and memory, also enhanced physical abilities such as coordination and even the improvement of eyesight and hearing. Another
study, the Music Making and Wellness Project, documented that seniors given keyboard lessons had a 90 percent increase in
their levels of human growth hormone (hGH), a chemical important in slowing such aging factors as osteoporosis, wrinkling
and aches and pains.
Mental Health Benefits: Learning to play music can help seniors
beat the blues, too. The Music Making and Wellness Project also discovered that the seniors who learned to play the keyboard
reported decreased depression, lessened anxiety and lowered loneliness levels. In 2005, a research study led by Dr. Barry
Bittman found that playing a musical instrument reduced stress more than other relaxing activities such as reading the newspaper. Other Advantages of Musical Studies by Seniors Learning music can help with memory retention, and adds to your physical and emotional well-being, but learning an
instrument in your senior years has other pluses as well. These include allowing you to express yourself spiritually and creatively,
and even introducing you to new friendships as you pursue your love of music. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, you can
enrich the lives of your grandchildren and others around you through the gift of music.