There have been countless studies and an exhaustive amount of research done on this very subject, from places such as PBS, Forbes, Psychology Today, & National Geographic. These articles alone should have you contacting me now to book a piano lesson. However, I will be speaking directly from my over 35 years as a musician, and educator, with the last 20 of those years as a full time musician and educator, as well as make a logical argument that playing a piano does in fact increase overall intelligence.
I will begin by saying that we are indeed as a human species, extremely vain to believe that human language regardless of which language it is, is capable of precisely expressing the entire range and gambit of human emotion, feeling, experience, and thought. There are literally hundreds of thoughts and feelings that we simply “cannot put into words”. Here are a few examples:
What it feels like to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Can you explain it to me in a way that will cause me to feel what you felt when you saw it,only using words. Or, explain to me with words,
- The feeling of pride you’ve felt when one of your children overcame a huge obstacle and went on to achieve a great success. Can that be explained in words, and in such a way that I would feel the same emotion you felt when the event occurred. Or, on the other end of the spectrum.
- Explain to me in words how it felt when you lost a loved one that you held dear. Again, there are “no” words.
Now, let’s move on to music, but wait before I do, let me mention that although it is a commonly held belief that reading, improves intelligence and that a large working vocabulary is in fact a sign of higher intelligence. Which by the way, I too also believe in that reading is extremely important and that the larger that your working vocabulary is then certainly the clearer you can think and express yourself and your thoughts. Which brings me to my next logical and conclusive point, in that order of significance and importance. While language is important, it can be argued that it has its limitations. Whereas music on the other hand, shall I say is “less” limited. Although in my experience I’m not 100% certain [Read more…]