Music therapy new evidence.
A preliminary study carried out in Korea, evaluated the benefits of keyboard playing, on finger movement in adolescents suffering from brain damage. The participants ranged from children of 9 years old up to young adults aged 18 years, who were all being treated in rehabilitation settings. Results showed increased velocity of all finger movements and statistical significance was found in the velocity of index finger, middle finger, and little finger between pre- and post-training tests. Keyboard playing not only increases co-ordination of finger movements, it is also physically and emotionally rewarding and can motivate adolescent patients to continue their rehabilitation treatment.
Chong HJ et al. Hand rehabilitation using MIDI keyboard playing in adolescents with brain damage: A preliminary study. NeuroRehabiliation Nov 2013.