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Research shows that music makes you happier and healthier…

Many adults have regrets that they didn't take their childhood music lessons seriously. Research carried out by the International Foundation For Music Research has revealed that there is a link between active music making and measurable improvements in human well-being, especially for the older generation. Not only that, but symptoms of loneliness, depression, anxiety and even the effects of Alzheimer's Disease have been shown to respond positively to music.

In another survey recently conducted by, results showed that 34 per cent of respondents would like to learn how to play the piano. Reasons? They like the sound and have the time now that their children have left home. 



But there was a snag: nearly half said that they can't fit a piano into their house and 48 per cent said they couldn’t afford the cost of purchasing a piano.  

But there is a product that’s smaller and cheaper than a conventional piano. The PRIVIA range from Casio produces a compact and portable design at an affordable price. In addition to piano tones, PRIVIA also includes strings, pipe organ and other instruments; and with the auto-accompaniment function, even novices can sound like accomplished musicians.  

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Musical footnotes  (results of the Ticbox survey) 

  • 34 per cent of those aged 55+ would like to play the piano

  • 24 per cent used to play the piano and would like to start again

  • 10 per cent of those aged 55+ currently play the piano

  • 45 per cent say playing music makes them happy

  • 22 per cent would now learn the piano as they now have enough time since their children left home

  • 4 per cent would like to play the piano so they can write and play their own music

  • 48 per cent of those aged 55+ cannot afford a piano

  • 49 per cent cannot fit a piano into their home



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