Learning to play a musical instrument has so many benefits – whether it’s building your confidence, enhancing your memory or widening your social circle.
- Playing an instrument makes you smarter. Several studies have shown a correlation between musical training and academic success. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for maths and science.
2. Playing an instrument gives you a sense of achievement. Playing and succeeding at a musical instrument gives you a huge sense of achievement, especially after the months of hard work and dedication needed to succeed.
3. Playing an instrument gives you more confidence. As a child’s musical ability improves, they are likely to play to a few audiences, starting with their music teachers and parents before progressing onto fellow pupils and concert audiences. Playing in public can help children feel confident and proud about playing an instrument, especially when applauded by their audience.
4. Playing an instrument increases discipline and time management skills. Learning music takes time and effort which helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they’ll need to stay committed and organise their time effectively.
5. Playing an instrument makes you more creative. Practising and perfecting a piece of music you’ve been playing for months fuels the creative part of your brain which makes room for self-expression. This allows for the performer to put their own stamp on a piece, to inject some of their personality into the music. After all, there’s a reason classical artists win awards for their performances.
6. Playing an instrument improves your social life. Joining a musical ensemble at any age encourages you to develop relationships with like-minded individuals. IT also builds skills in leadership and team building.
7. Playing an instrument relieves stress. Music keeps you calm. It has a unique effect on our emotions and has even been proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure. Studies have found that listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies.
8. Playing an instrument improves patience. Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort. Major improvements in ability are rarely seen until the first few months of hard work have passed. There are no shortcuts to learning an instrument.
9. Playing an instrument improves memory. Researchers have found that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills. Playing an instrument makes you use both sides of your brain, which strengthens memory power.
10. Playing an instrument is fun. Above everything else, what matters most is that it’s enjoyable for the player. While other hobbies such as watching TV and reading books are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy!
Source: Classical FM