Influence of Playing the Piano on Brain

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Playing the Piano and an Impact on Brain Processes.

Adam Križan
ENG102
Alan Dykstra
Informative Essay
18th February, 2013
Rachel Ehrenberg said that “Not so long ago, Mozart mania swept the nation. A small study found that students who listened to 10 minutes of a Mozart sonata performed better on a paper-folding task than their peers” (Ehrenberg, 2010). Laurence O´Donell mentioned young man who was attending primary school, when teachers told to his parents that he is stupid and he has no logic thinking. Parents of young Albert Einstein fortunately did not listen or trust to teachers. After he was out of the school, his parents ignored teachers´ opinions and they tried to help him to think in another way. They bought him a violin, he became good at it and it leaded to the point when he became one of the smartest man in the world (O´Donell, 1999). Albert Einstein was not the only one who experienced that playing the musical instrument helps to think better. For example, while Thomas Jefferson was writing Declaration of Independence, he also played the violin to help himself to find the best words for this particular document (O´Donell,1999). It leads to the fact that playing the piano and other instruments but also just listening to the music can influence brain processes, such as learning, memorizing, logic or behavior a lot. First of all, let us emphasize the most important point of this essay. Learning and memorizing skills can get better when person is playing the musical instrument. According to Richard Alleyne, scientists recently came up with the fact that the regular playing can modify brain´s power and shape (Alleyne, 2009). Lutz Jäncke, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, said: "Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both cases children and adults" (Jäncke, 2010). Another example of an impact of playing a musical instrument can be my personal experience. I have been playing the...
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