The Proven Benefits of Playing the Piano
Every elected U.S. president since (and including)
George Washington ahs brought his personal piano to the White House.
Children who study music have consistently exhibited higher grade
point averages, generation after generation.
Music therapy has been one of the fastest growing disciplines in
medicine during the past 15 years.
Is it just a coincidence?
What does this prove? Are
there other reasons? Why donít
more people recognize these connections?
The truth is, most people do.
Then why donít more parents support and encourage music study?
Thatís a harder question to answer.
In 1991 The Gallup Organization published a
national opinion study that measured peoplesí attitudes and behavior
toward the piano, and awareness of the benefits of playing the piano.
The study randomly interviewed subjects across the
nation who were 18 years or older.
The results of the survey were impressive.
Popularity of the Piano in American Society
When asked the question:
could play any musical instrument, what instrument would you choose to
46% chose the piano
22% chose the guitar
No other instrument scored above 6% on its own.
However, a closer examination showed a trend related to age
53% of the respondents aged 55 and over chose the piano
49% of the respondents aged 35-54 chose the piano
39% the respondents aged 18-34 chose the piano
However, it is important to note that even the
youngest age group showed a clear preference for the piano over all
Also, there was a strong gender-related influence on the results.
27% of the male respondents chose the piano
65% of the female respondents chose the piano
"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." Psalms 95:2
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music." Psalms 98:4