There are many factors that can make someone want to learn to play an instrument. Among the most common could be an inherent passion for music, the simple enjoyment of the craft, or a sense of pride in creating something aesthetically pleasing.

But have you ever considered the cognitive benefits of playing music?

While learning to play piano, the student is also training his or her own mental faculties to better perform an array of other tasks.

Melanie Spanswick has put together 10 reasons why learning to play the piano is good for you.