6 Reasons to Learn to Play an Instrument
We can’t possibly imagine our lives without music. Music has always been a major part of our lives. Everyone acquires a different taste in music. Some prefer hip-hop and rap, while others love to tune into the melodies of classics. However, not many of us dream to become musicians.
This may be because not everyone wishes to take up music as a profession, or perhaps they feel it is too intense of training, some struggle to find a good instructor and others simply lack the opportunity to learn. However, only a few realize that there is no fixed age to learn to play a musical instrument. Surprisingly, there can be many more benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. Here are a few of them:
1. Learning to Play an Instrument Releases Stress
Various studies conclude that playing a musical instrument frequently, can considerably lower stress levels. Psychologist Michael Jolkovski claims that music helps us in helping us unwind ourselves from the hectic and worrisome schedule of our busy lives. Music has been known to stimulate areas in our brain that are involved in formulating emotions and feelings. Thereby, listening to good music such as calming rhythms, and melodious beats synchronizes our moods with those good sounds.
Learning to play an instrument lowers the stress hormone cortisol, lowers the heart rate as well as blood pressure, thus filling us with the feeling of tranquility and peace. There is a strong correlation between our brain and music.
2. Playing A Musical Instrument Increases IQ
Correlational studies have also shown that people who have trained themselves to learn music, turn out to be more intelligent than other people. Not only do children show better results in academics, but learning to play an instrument has helped them improve their reasoning skills as well as their scores in mathematics and science.
An article in The Telegraph supported the idea that playing an instrument regularly, can be used as a therapy to enhance cognitive skills. In fact, learning to play an instrument can raise IQ scores considerably.
3. Learning to Play Music Enhances Listening Skills
The best way to improve your listening skills is by learning a new musical instrument. Your music training would require you to hear wrong notes carefully in order to play them the right way. Moreover, when you learn to play an ensemble and you are playing the supporting part or accompaniment, you need to pay great attention to the melody. Furthermore, in order to tune your instrument, you need to hear the pitch and classify it as sharp or flat. That is why it becomes extremely important to improve our listening skills.
4. Learning to Play an Instrument Builds a Stronger Our Social Life
Music strengthens connections. When you are trained to become a musician, you attach yourself with a larger community. This close-knit music community helps you develop leadership skills, strengthens bonds and provides a medium for the young learners to gain knowledge about music from experts in the field. People who share common interests and goals sought to create a unified rhythm.
Maestro Eduardo Marturet, renowned music director for the Miami Symphony Orchestra has studied the effect music can have on a small child’s social abilities. The studies support that music teaches us valuable skills, such as cooperation, discipline and the ability to appreciate good music.
5. You Learn a Lot About the Cultural History of An Art Form
By learning to play an instrument you also get to learn about its origin, the different genres associated with it, and how to be versatile with the rhythms you play. Every tune, every genre is influenced by various cultures as it has come to evolve over time. Each sound has its own history, and we educate ourselves with it as we come to learn it. The more you familiarize yourself with a certain type of music, the more diverse your knowledge of the culture and heritage of the music associated with it becomes.
6. Learning A Musical Instrument Makes You Patient
It takes great time and patience to become a master a particular instrument. It requires constant effort, daily practice, and immense hard-work in order to become a successful musician. Moreover, selecting the most suitable instrument can also pose to be a great challenge.
The more you tackle these dilemmas, the more expertise you gain. This is how you develop patience and strength of character.
So, these were a few reasons why learning a musical instrument – be it guitar, acoustic drums, trumpet, piano or flute can not only make for a good past time but can also help you build good character. By learning to play the music you become smarter and wiser as you progress.
It is important to remember that mastering any skill requires perseverance and patience, but once you do the rewards can be endless.
Ronald Ross is a trained musician and likes to teach young children some basic music skills in his free time. He currently runs a music blog at http://LoudBeats.org. Born and brought up in Ohio, he has developed a great appreciation for world cultures.
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