• Reading music and playing the piano enhances mood and quality• The brain functions on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis and playing a musical instrument such as the piano helps reorganise the brain’s neural pathways.• Playing a musical instrument, as distinct from merely listening to music, helps reduce the incidence of dementia. Studies have found six months of piano lessons in older adults improves brain function, memory and dexterity.• Playing the piano lowers cortisol levels and decreases anxiety, which also aids disease prevention.

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