Music has far reaching benefits not only for the mind and body but also for the soul. The melodious sounds of music never fails to touch a chord in each one of our hearts in different ways.
When you are able to play a musical instrument, and you see the calm it has spread, that’s the most priceless moment. There are no age barriers to learning a musical instrument. Apart from giving enjoyment to the person playing music, it also spreads around cheer and happiness.
Here are the ten best reasons why you should learn to play a musical instrument
- Soothes the nerves – Music in any form has a calming effect on the mind, and especially learning an instrument gives one a good control over the emotions. This leads to an overall feeling of well-being and calms the person. For a music learner, devoting some time regularly to music helps him in reducing stress.
- Perseverance: Playing and mastering a musical instrument requires a lot of patience, resilience and practice. Listening to music is not the same as learning to play an instrument. Children engaged in learning an instrument have been known to perform far better than those only listening or dancing to music.
- Improved motor coordination skills –Learning to play a musical instrument teaches a person to be in sync with himself and acts as a stimulating therapy. There is a better coordination between the brain and the muscles of the hands playing the instrument
- Improved Memory skills: Learning a musical instrument exercises the brain to its full potential and the child learns to create and retrieve memories, resulting in improved It has been scientifically researched that new neurological pathways are created in the brain in the process of learning a musical instrument, leading to improved learning.
- Enhances self-esteem: Music plays a role in enhancing the child’s confidence in his own abilities and leads to improved self-esteem. It is especially helpful for children and teenagers undergoing a turmoil, or children who are introverts. Along with confidence, it also improves social and academic skills.
- Improves Academic skills: Music learning has an impact on listening skills, as special attention has to be paid to how the pitch of the music sounds, when to exert pressure to get the correct sound. It also has an impact on reading & comprehension skills, as the music needs to be played at a fast pace or a directly results in better concentration and increasing the reading speed as well. It is well known that music & maths go hand in hand, as learning to recognise beat , rhythm and scales teaches the child similar parallels in the mathematical patterns.
- Improved concentration & focus : Instrument learning uses both the left and the right brain, and is a great work out for the brain, hence it creates harmony, and clarity , thus improving the brain`s performance with ease. Focussing on perfecting a rhythm improves concentration in other areas and directly improves other life skills.
- Enhances Creativity and Self Expression; Music learning improves creativity and the player can safely use music as a channel to release his pent up feelings. This is one of the reasons why music has been used as a therapy in hospitals as well, as it nurtures self-expression and allows patients to express their complex feelings about illness through music.
- Stress buster: In learning music, the mind of the learner is diverted in order to be in harmony with the beats of the music and this results in reduced stress levels and ability to manage stress better.
- Sense of Achievement : Learning to play a musical instrument , be it guitar, drum, harmonium , playing and mastering the instrument certainly gives a sense of achievement to the player, as it allows him full control over the instrument and engages him in understanding the pitch, rhythm and beats, keeping his mind occupied.