Q: How can learning to play the piano benefit my brain?
A: Learning a new musical instrument can be critically important for brain function —it can physically and functionally change your brain. So much information is synthesized when you learn something new. You gain translatable skills, and many people who learn new instruments see improvements in math and reading. Easier is not always better: Obviously someone who has read music before will be better at learning a new instrument. The more challenging something is, the better it is for your brain.
— Dr. David Perlmutter, neurologist, co-author, The Better Brain Book
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