It pays to play

Advertising feature / 19 February 2021

Making music on a Casio keyboard or piano is not only fun, it is great for physical and mental wellbeing too. There’s never been a better time to start.



Get 15% off the CDP-S90 at casio.co.uk/cdp-s90. Use discount code CDP15OFF at checkout. While stocks last. Offer expires 31 March 2021.

Most of us have been finding new ways of entertaining ourselves at home lately. Many have been using the extra time to master new skills – and learning a musical instrument is often the top choice.

When the time finally comes for that joyous reunion with friends and family, a surprise sing-song around the piano could go down a treat!

But music is not just a fun way to fill the time. Apart from the fulfilment of mastering a tune, research shows many health benefits from learning and playing. Studies have revealed it can boost cognitive function and memory, as well as improve motor skills and arthritis.

Music therapy has been used to help people of all ages overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety and loneliness for a number of years. And recently it has seen a huge increase in popularity with older people, including those with dementia, who tend to retain musical aptitude and appreciation even when other abilities are lost. Academic and violinist Professor Paul Robertson, who conducted a study of music in dementia care, said: ‘We tend to remain contactable as musical beings on some level up to the very end of life.

Studies show music can boost cognitive function and memory, as well as improve arthritis

We know that the auditory system of the brain is the first to fully function at 16 weeks, which means that you are musically receptive long before anything else. So it’s a case of first in, last out when it comes to a dementia-type breakdown of memory.’

When it comes to electronic keyboards and pianos, one name springs to mind – Casio. The company launched the world’s first electronic keyboard, the Casiotone 201, in 1980, putting itself at the forefront of a new era of electronic pop music.

Casio was a gamechanger then and it remains one now, with four decades of producing innovative tech that is accessible and easy to use.

Whether you’re thinking of learning, or can play and would like to upgrade your instrument, there’s a Casio for you.

CDP–S90 Digital Piano
CLASSIC DUO: With the optional CS-46 wooden stand (the discount code above can be applied to this too)

 

Perfect for beginners: CDP–S90 Digital Piano

RRP: £369

Ideal for both novices and established players, the CDP–S90 is a portable piano with 88 full-size, touch sensitive, weighted keys. It’s light at just 10.5kg (23lb), so it can easily be moved or put away, and includes a sustain pedal and rest.

It boasts 10 high quality, expressive tones, via Casio’s brand new Dynamic Sound Stereo Engine, and built-in speakers. Don’t worry about the neighbours – you can plug in headphones for silent practice.

Purchase of this piano includes FREE access to online music lessons from the Casio Music Academy, and you can also connect it to the Chordana Play app (available for iOS and Android devices), which shows you how to play more than 100 classical pieces. See casio.co.uk/cdp-s90

Get 15% off the CDP-S90 at casio.co.uk/cdp-s90. Use discount code CDP15OFF at checkout. While stocks last. Offer expires 31 March 2021.

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