Benefits of playing a musical instrument

d6bcbd56a1722aeb840cf67b235342a0Playing a musical instrument promotes happiness and joy to you and everyone around you.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”, Plato.

Studying music or learning an instrument:

  • Can help you concentrate better

Playing an instrument is simultaneously taking care of many factors such as rhythm, tempo, pitch, dynamics, harmony (if applicable), technical challenges and ultimately the quality of the sound. One can not really do that without concentrating on the music/sound that he/she is trying to play/produce. Therefore, it gradually teaches you how to focus and improves your concentration.

  • Makes you smarter

Researches show that studying music activates brain regions that will result in enhanced performance on several aspects of executive functioning and can increase the capacity of your memory.

“Since executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ, we think our findings have strong educational implications.” Nadine Gaab, PhD, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s.

  • Improves your time management skill

To improve faster, it is important to have a practice schedule and know that you need to sit down and practice at certain times. For that, one needs to be organized and able to manage time wisely. It can also help you build self discipline.

  • Can help you relax and reduces stress

Playing an instrument fosters your self-expression and helps you relax. You are able to express your feelings and emotions by playing anything you want on your instrument and it has proven to reduce stress. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”, Victor Hugo.

  • Can make you more patient and teaches you perseverance 

One needs to spend a lot of time and effort into practicing which teaches you patience and perseverance. In order to play a song or piece of music well, a musician needs to work hard and correctly.mus

  • Helps kids build character

Studying music is the only activity that helps you to harmonize both (left and right) hemispheres of the brain. Music improves a student’s listening skills, self-discipline, self-esteem, thinking skills, analytical skills, creative abilities, communication skills and personal expression.

  • Gives you a sense of achievement and confidence

Overcoming the technical and even mental obstacles to play a song or a piece of music is  rewarding indeed and can make you feel proud. It can also give you the confidence to improve yourself and play the songs/pieces that you never thought you can, or do the things that you once imagined impossible.

  • Improves your coordination

When playing a musical instrument, hands and eyes need to be in harmony. Eyes constantly check if the right note is going to be produced. Also, while a student sight reads, he/she converts the notes into hand movements or patterns, which can also help with motor skills.

  • Enhances your math skills

One needs to count notes and rhythm while playing a song or piece of music. Therefore playing music reinforces the areas of brain that are used when doing math. On the other hand, the music theory is based on math.

Studies also have shown that children and adults with musical training have heightened skills in an area called executive functioning. This involves the mental processes that allow brains to plan, focus attention, remember instruction and successfully juggle multiple tasks, according to the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University“.

If you are looking for the perfect and unique gift, a gift that keeps on giving and lasts… Why not Music lessons?

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One comment

  1. I agree!
    Leslie

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