10 reasons why you should pick up a musical instrument
January 5, 2018, 2:47 PM | Updated: January 5, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Learning to play a musical instrument has many benefits, whether it’s boosting your self-confidence, improving your memory, or expanding your social circle. Here are ten reasons why you should consider getting into an instrument this year.
1. Playing an instrument makes you smarter
Einstein once said, “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my dreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I derive the most joy from life from music”. And it turns out Einstein was onto something: Numerous studies show a correlation between musical training and academic achievement, in both children and adults. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions such as memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for math and science.
2. Your social life will improve
Playing an instrument is not only good for your brain, it’s also great for expanding your social circle (sorry, pianists and organists). Joining a musical group at any age encourages you to develop relationships with new types of people. It also develops leadership and team building skills, while showing you the benefits of working with others.
3. 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. Psychologist Jane Collingwood thinks slow classical music is often the most beneficial. “Listening to music can have an extremely relaxing effect on our mind and body, especially slow and calm classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing down the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and lowering stress hormone levels.
4. Playing an instrument gives you a sense of accomplishment
You messed up your double stop in rehearsal, then totally nailed it on the show? Playing and succeeding on a musical instrument gives you a huge sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when you manage to perfect a passage you’ve been struggling with for weeks.
5. It boosts your confidence
Playing an instrument helps you feel comfortable with self-expression. As children begin to master their instrument, they will likely end up playing in front of a few audiences, starting with their music teacher or parents, and expanding to groups of other students and audiences. of concerts. Performing in public can help children feel confident about presenting their work in a non-academic setting.
6. Practicing a musical instrument improves patience
OK, Franz Liszt wrote incredibly difficult music. But it’s an important lesson to learn that the more effort you put into something, the better the outcome will be. Dawsons Music advises to “give it a year” before you see big improvements in ability and confidence. “[Then,] you will look back and be happy with those difficult first months. Indeed, those first few months will forever be a badge of honor, saying you held on and earned your stripes. There are no shortcuts to learning an instrument.
Imagine how good you will feel when you can play Liszt like this:
7. It helps improve your memory
Researchers have found that learning to play a musical instrument can improve verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills. Playing an instrument forces you to use both sides of your brain, which builds the power of memory.
8. It increases discipline and time management skills
Unless you’re an out-of-this-world child prodigy, learning to play an instrument isn’t a skill you can master overnight. Learning music takes time and effort, and helps children understand that if they want to be good at something, they will have to put in the hours and organize their time effectively.
9. Playing music makes you more creative
Practicing and perfecting a piece of music does wonders for the creative side of your brain. No matter how much a composer annotates his composition, he cannot fully express how a piece of music should be played. It is therefore up to the performer to put his own stamp on a piece, to inject a little of his personality into the music. There’s a reason classical artists win awards for their performances – here’s Julian Lloyd Webber with his super-emotional rendition of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
10. Playing music is fun!
We can talk about all the scientifically accurate benefits of learning a musical instrument – but what matters most is that it’s enjoyable for the player. While other hobbies like watching TV or browsing social media are passive, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain, making you feel happy and busy.
After all, Google never lies…