“Music is the universal language,” the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote. Indeed, music can uplift the soul, or make you cry with its beauty.
Listening to lovely piano music often inspires people to experience the joy of learning to play the piano themselves. Why not begin? It has never been as easy to learn as it is today. You can learn online on your own piano from the comfort of your own home. Whether you had a few lessons as a child, or you are an absolute beginner, it is never too late to start learning.
Even being able to play a few simple tunes gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivates you to learn more difficult ones. Playing the piano, even if it is only for your own benefit, always helps if you are feeling stressed, or a bit down. There is nothing like the feeling of playing a new tune!
As well as being soothing and relaxing, playing the piano helps the brain, especially as people age. Studies show that it assists in preventing dementia, and helps the mind stay active. It also improves hand and eye coordination, and dexterity.
People choose to play the piano for several reasons. Here are just a few reasons to start learning.
Playing the Piano Relieves Stress
Known as the ‘stress hormone,’ cortisol increases when we find ourselves in tense times, such as studying for exams or experiencing family worries. The pandemic is an especially challenging experience which is affecting mental health generally. A study conducted at the Nara University in Japan in 2011 compared playing the piano with some other creative activities. It found that:
- piano playing led to sharply decreased cortisol levels,
- people who played the piano had much lower cortisol levels than those who engaged in calligraphy or clay moulding.
Become More Mindful While Playing the Piano
When you play the piano, you stay ‘in the moment,’ because it involves concentrating entirely on what you are doing. This helps to put you into a state of ‘flow,’ where you are free from distractions and worries. Consequently, learning a particular song allows you to cultivate mindfulness.
Play the Piano with Your Child
Is your child learning the piano? Think about how enjoyable it would be to be able to understand what he or she is doing, and even play duets! I was inspired to learn by my parents’ love of music, and I loved to play duets with them. You and your child can even have a lesson together.
Whether you would like to play for your own enjoyment, help your child or children, or entertain others, there are countless reasons to play the piano.
How to Begin Your Piano Lessons
Online lessons enable you to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to worry about travelling during the pandemic or being caught in traffic jams.
You don’t need a lot of equipment to begin your piano lessons. All you require are:
- a piano or keyboard,
- a device, such as a tablet, laptop, or smartphone, and
- a good Internet connection.
I teach using Zoom, What’s App, or FaceTime, which are all easy to install. Some of my students ask their children or grandchildren for help if there are any technical issues. You can also join my What’s App group for extra support.
Don’t worry if you have never had any lessons before or if you think you have forgotten everything you learnt as a child. I will give you my personal attention with no distractions, and help you to relax, so that you will be playing tunes in no time at all.
Why not ask me about piano lessons in Heswall, The Wirral or Merseyside or online from anywhere? Learning online is so easy and enjoyable! Contact me today to arrange your first piano lesson.