Scientific research has proven there are many benefits to listening to and playing music – it helps boost mood and speed up recovery from things like stroke as well as improve perception in kids with dyslexia. Some evidence even suggests that musical training in childhood can protect people from future dementia.

There are more reasons, too, so keep reading to fill out your list of reasons to splurge on that piano!

#6. It can boost the immune system.

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People who play a musical instrument are more likely to go on to create their own music – a practice that enhances immune response. Add in the fact that music has also been shown to reduce stress and your immune system will definitely thank you for practicing the piano.

#5. It enhances coordination.

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Your brain translates the notes that it sees into hand movements while you play an instrument, and the exchange mimics the tempo of the piece. The process quickens the reaction of the brain and improves cognitive functioning.

#4. It sharpens brain function.

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Playing an instruments reduces your risk for having memory issues, even going as far as to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

#3. It improves hearing.

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Your brain learns to isolate individual sounds while learning music, which leads to musicians being able to identify specific sounds and voices in an otherwise noisy environment.

#2. It increases IQ scores.

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Studies reveal that brain activity increases after musical training. Even a few weeks of music lessons can increase a child’s IQ, memory, and can lead to higher academic achievement.

#1. It strengthens the respiratory system.

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If your kid plays a wind instrument, they have to breathe deep and from the diaphragm, which can strengthen the lungs and respiratory system. Playing the harmonica can even help alleviate the symptoms of pulmonary disease, oddly enough.

Time to sign up for those lessons!