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Published On: Fri, Aug 14th, 2015

The Amazing Things Learning To Play An Instrument Can Do For You

Learning to play an instrument can do much more for you than you may think. While most people pick up an instrument simply because they enjoy music or want to be a rock star, others do it because they are looking for a fun hobby. This fun hobby has a bunch of great social and health benefits that you may not have thought of though.

Just like simply listening to music can lift your mood, so too can playing music, among other things. If you’ve ever thought of learning how to play an instrument you may want to start thinking more seriously about it once you find out all the great benefits learning can have in your life.

Increase Cognitive Brain Functions 

Science says that when you allow your child to learn to play an instrument you are doing great things for their brains. In fact, that child will start to hear sounds, and process them, that they hadn’t been able to hear prior.  The fact that this begins to happen means that they are developing “neurophysiological distinction” between different sounds. This process helps them in literacy and can even help improve their academia.

To put it more simply, playing an instrument makes you smarter. While this may work better for children, it doesn’t mean that this smart booster is lost on you if you start to play as an adult.

Increased Memory

Playing music can increase spacial-temporal skills, and has been proven to work in young children and have lasting effects on memory. Even listening to music, like classical, can help people with memory, which is why music therapy is used in the medical field for people with numerous illnesses, including Alzheimer’s.

So, if you are starting to notice your memory isn’t as good as it once was, maybe it’s time to pick up an instrument. And, if you want to help your child increase their memory, sign them up for some lessons for the instrument of their choice.

photo/ Brandon Jones

photo/ Brandon Jones

Learning Life Skills

Since learning how to play an instrument requires learning a skill that needs concentration and organization you’ll find that you begin to develop these skills as well. You will learn how to manage your time more effectively as well, as you work on making time to practice and fit your new hobby and your classes all into your normal life. 

The learning begins when you first look for an instructor or a guitar teacher if that’s your instrument of choice. Finding an instructor or mentor who can bring out the best possible musician inside is just as important as your willpower to play music. Becoming someone who can play two songs or record your own demo only contributes to you becoming a more educated, talented, and well rounded individual.

Learning Team Skills

Whether or not you decide to join a band of any kind, you will still learn the basics of team skills from your learning experience as a musician. You will learn to work closely with your teacher, and you may even get a chance to play with them or with other students of theirs.

Team skills help with jobs, school, and simply with helping you do better in society in general. It’s important to know how to work well with others, because even if you work from home for the rest of your life you’ll still have to deal with other people.

Breeding More Positivity And Confidence

As you learn a new instrument you also learn how to take criticism and turn it into something positive and motivational. You find that when someone instructs you of a better way to do something they are not saying you were wring, but instead they are trying to help you do something in a more productive way.

With this you will begin to gain more confidence in your playing and the more confident you are the more positive you will be about your instrument and your talents. 

As you can see, learning to play an instrument offers a lot of growth from children and adults. This is just a small taste of the great things music can do for you.

Author: Ravi Kumarr Gupta

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