person from Tanzania (Elisha)

Playing the piano at a concert

Elisha ( Tanzania Tanzania )

Playing the piano at a concert – Elisha’s goosebump moment

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“Hi everyone! My name is Elisha Mapuli from Tanzania and I am here to share my goosebump moment. My goosebump moment was when I played the piano for the first time at a concert. I remember it was a live concert here in our city. We were supposed to play a particular song. I was very shy to perform that song in front of the majority of people. I remember the people who attended that concert were around 1000. I was very shy to perform that song. I remember my sister Jane came to me and said that, you have to be strong, you have to be a man, you are good on piano. So I got some encouragement to perform that song and I remember we performed that song very well and people praised us that the song was very good. So that was my goosebump moment. Thank you!”.


The satisfaction of playing the piano

Music is an essential part of what makes us human. Making music, in whatever form it takes, singing, whistling, or drumming our fingers on the table is unavoidable at some point in the day for almost any of us. Even if we are not always conscious at some point of the day we are making some sound close to music.

Building on this, playing an instrument like the piano increases the possibilities of expression. It allows you to access the music that others have created and interpret it for yourself with your own way of feeling it. That satisfaction is worth the effort it takes to achieve a good instrumental level and gives more than one person goosebumps.

Does playing the piano make us smarter?

The truth is that if we stop to think about it, we could consider that an instrument as intellectually and personally demanding as the piano could have that kind of power.

However, under no circumstances is improved intelligence the main reason for learning the piano or music. Generally, we learn to play the piano for its beauty and for the passion that piano compositions arouse in us.

After all, if the plucked string instrument has the ability to increase our IQ or cognitive abilities, that’s one more reason to learn piano, isn’t it?

Numerous studies have been carried out to prove this phenomenon, starting with the famous “Mozart effect”.

What does a pianist see when he plays the piano?

Have you ever wondered how pianists manage to play the right key with the right finger at the right time?

A modern piano has 88 keys. Mastering any instrument requires consolidating muscle memory. However, keyboards are so large that even so, sight tends to intervene to guide the hands.

The numerous benefits of making music

The brain releases dopamine – a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure – not only when a person listens to music that is pleasing to him or her, but even when he or she knows that he or she will listen to it in the near future. In addition, exposure to music contributes to lowering anxiety and improves heart rate and mood, among other benefits. As a result, music is increasingly used as a therapeutic tool.

But if listening to music has positive effects, making music – that is, playing an instrument – has even more. When someone plays an instrument, he or she is not only listening to music, but also puts his or her mind and body into action, so that this practice becomes a training in multiple senses. In particular, at the cerebral level.

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