May a Muslim play a musical instrument like a piano?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from United States, in:
Religious Authority: 
Muhammad al-Hanooti
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
May a Muslim play a musical instrument like a piano?
Websites and Institutions: 
Islam Online

According to some schools that are elaborated mostly in Ibn Hazm's statements in his book 'al Muhallah' music is lawful as a matter of instruments. Abu Hamid al Ghazali was among the Shafii scholars who stated that music is halal (permissible). Al Qaradawi in his book 'al Halal wa al Haram' adopted the opinion of lawfulness of music. The majority of fiqh schools say it is unlawful. I see that the evidence of lawfulness is very strong and I understand the answer of music exactly like al Qaradawi and Ibn Hazm. [Ibn Hazm (d. 1064), was an Andalusian Islamic philosopher who wrote several treatises in Islamic jurisprudence, logic, history, ethics, comparative religion, and theology.]