This is weird. I actually try to learn piano to help me compose musics. I used to create music using DAW such as Fruity Loops using the piano roll. I thought that, perhaps, by being actually able to play music, would have help me create better musics. Now that I’m starting to enjoy playing piano for its own sake, I’m thinking about the other way around, does learning art of music composing will impact piano playing?
Absolutely. Studying composition is really about getting to the point of intimate knowledge of past traditions and your own unique musical interests and ideas. Being able to understand harmony, melody, and form, make learning pieces a deeper experience. You will have a natural understanding of phrasing and dynamics. You’ll sharpen your musical memory, and be able to write the music you imagine in your mind.
The more comfortable you are with your own compositional knowledge, the freer you’ll feel improvising. Improvising can itself be a very pleasurable form of practice.