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By utilising the different cortexes of the brain, you become better at using them for different functions, and studies have linked piano classes and other forms of music learning to better planning skills, better mathematical skills and a variety of other brain benefits. This is further explored in this article about the 10 benefits of learning the piano.
How Music Helps the Brain and Improves Brain Function
Cognitive and emotional functions and your memory systems also benefit. Studies find musicians’ brains are more likely to give memories multiple “tags” a bit like a search engine. Information and memories can be recalled with more ease.
You might think that a lot of other hobbies will do a similar job. Interestingly, things like traditional art and sports have not shown to be the same in studies. Of course, these things are good for the brain, but they don’t have the unique multitasking and brain strengthening of music.