Why Playing Piano is the Best Anger Management Therapy

Emotions can one of the hardest things to manage for anyone. Here's why playing piano is the best anger management therapy:

Miller Piano Specialists September 24, 2021 3 Min Read

Sometimes, it may seem like everyone else is having one of those days. But, how can one manage their emotions when it seems like everything else is going wrong? Here’s why playing piano is the best anger management therapy:

Emotional Intelligence

Some problems can arise when we encounter people who don’t know how to deal with their frustrations and tend to bring them into whatever environment they’re in. We’ve all been there; the bad driver on the way to work, the angry neighbor, or your coffee spilling everywhere.  However, there are ways to manage and control these intense emotions, called having Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence means how well we have learned to handle and control our feelings to not harm others. Did you know some of the most Emotionally Intelligent people are pianists?

Why Musicians Can Be More Emotional Intelligent

man with keyboard at computer

Studies have shown that people who play music can express their emotions better than those who don’t plan an instrument. This is because music is essentially an emotional language. Musicians learn how to express their feelings when they learn how to play the piano. In other words, pianists already release our feelings any time we play, even if we don’t realize it.

How To Be Emotionally Intelligent as a Musician

Of course, there is a time when everyone gets frustrated. For example, every musician has gotten frustrated with themselves over a practice session or a song that is just too difficult to learn. However, there are different types of frustration that we cannot release right away. Have you ever gotten frustrated over something that has nothing to do with your piano, and you sit down and take it out on your piano? More times than not, you’ve probably felt better after doing this.  You felt better because you were physically active, and you engaged your emotions with a very direct focus. Although the goal is not to hit your piano, the energy of getting those emotions out is beneficial. So, what would happen if you released these emotions by playing the piano instead of taking them out on yourself or someone else?

Tips on Managing Anger by Playing Paino

Next time you find yourself feeling angry, try this experiment. Take time to sit down and begin playing the easiest scale that you know how to play. Play it with both hands and play the notes short, loud and fast. Go as fast as you want, as loud as you want, and as many times as you’d like.  Afterward, take a few deep breaths. Now, begin playing the same scale. However, this time, play it softly, slower, and smoothly. Do this a few times, and then take a few deep breaths. How do you feel?  Of course, you could play a song rather than a scale. But choose something you know how to play well so that you can just “let it rip.” The goal of this exercise is not just for fun but to let out those strong emotions through the music you are playing.

💡Extra Tip: Another helpful exercise you can do is play the music that sounds and feels opposite from what you are feeling. If you’re feeling sad, you might want to try and play something happy. It will affect your emotions in such a positive way.  Isn’t it neat how playing the piano gives us an outlet for our emotions, can change our feelings, and even help us be better people by not taking our anger out on others because we have a better way?!


It is fascinating that playing the piano is one of the greatest outlets for our emotions. We hope you enjoyed reading why playing piano is the best anger management therapy! If you’re interested in buying your dream piano, come check us out at Miller Piano Specialists in Franklin, TN! If you have any questions about where to buy a piano for the best price, we are open! Our hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. We are happy to help you in person again, using all the guidelines we have been provided. We are here for you.

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