Throughout history there are various examples of musical instruments being regarded as one of the pinnacle achievements of human aptitude towards perfecting their craft. Whether it might be Mozart, Kenny G, or DJ Marshmello, music has been regarded as something magical and musicians are revered for their abilities. For this, much research and time has been invested in the psychological and sociological analysis of the beneﬁt that music has on people.
We are going to take a look at the top 3 benefits of learning a musical instrument…
It is a well-documented fact that playing musical instrument helps improve your cognitive skills. But to what extent? According to this study conducted by Ernest Greene from University of Southern California, there is a direct correlation between activating dormant neural activity and learning to play a musical instrument. This enhanced interaction opens up new pathways and connections in our brain, along with positive growth when exercised often like a muscle. So simply put, the more you practice the more you reap benefits such as better memory, concentration power, co-ordinations, etc. Furthermore, learning an instrument will help boost your confidence in not just the musical field… but also in different aspects of life!
You’re likely to experience things like:
- Better academics: Studies about SAT exams have shown that kids that play a musical instrument scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math compared to those who didn’t play any musical instruments.
- Discipline: Mastering a music instrument requires hours of daily rigorous practice wherein you don’t only practice the nice tunes, but especially the challenging tunes. You will have to practice to be good at it, this process teaches you to be more disciplined.
- Enhances your Memory: A study done by the Institute of Education at the University of London found that learning to play an instrument enlarged the left side of the brain. This means that musically-trained people can remember almost a fifth more information compared to those who have never taken up an instrument.
Playing music is a physical activity much like any sports. Success comes from building muscle memory over time through repetition. In addition to muscle memory, playing an instrument builds actual muscle as well. When you are playing an instrument you are asking your body and brain to coordinate at a fast pace between your eyes, hand, foot and breathe. Not only will your hand-eye coordination improve significantly but also help you gain confidence in playing the instrument and unleash your creativity. For example, drummers must be able to isolate their left hand movements from their right hand movements while at the same time looking at a music score. On the other hand, singers, woodwind, and brass players must develop really good breath control in order to play or sing long, sustained passages of music without breathing. In short, another benefit of playing music or singing is that it makes you a master of controlling different parts of your body at the same time.
Learning a musical instrument is a great way to make new friends. In the beginning, your main interaction may be with your teacher. But, after a while, you will start to meet other musicians who share a passion for your instrument or style of music. Learning an instrument is also one of the best ways to build your confidence. For starters, it is something that you can do from the comfort of your home, at least in the beginning. There are tons of online courses that can teach you anything from singing to electronic music production. Every note you play will ring out as proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Who knows? you may even decide to join a band or start one of your own!