Ten Reasons To Learn How To Play A Musical Instrument

Kate Porter, Reporter

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Everyone listens to music. Maybe you’re not a huge music junkie or constantly keeping everyone up to date the on newest release, but in the car or at a dance, chances are you’re listening to some tunes.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to play that?” Some people follow through and actually attempt to learn their favorite song, and many more as time goes on, but most people assume that it would be far too difficult and never try to learn or they do try, but give up when it gets too frustrating. As it ends up, learning to play an instrument has a lot more benefits than you may think.

Not only will people be impressed by how well you could play a super cool song, if you practice a lot that is, but it is scientifically proven that those who play instruments are more intelligent than those who don’t.  Perhaps being aware of all that learning an instrument can provide would help you decide whether it is worth your time and energy. Here are ten reasons why learning to play an instrument could be a great investment.

  1. Teaches you perseverance.

Learning to play an instrument or a new piece of music takes time and effort, which teaches perseverance and patience. Most musicians can’t play a piece perfectly on the first try and have to work hard to get it down.

  1. Improves listening skills.

Playing an instrument requires listening very carefully. You have to learn how to tune the instrument to the correct pitch and know when your notes sound sharp or flat. They are many examples of how playing an instrument requires good ears, but either way, you are guaranteed to improve your listening skills.

  1. Sharpens concentration.

Playing an instrument requires concentrated on numerous things like pitch, rhythm, tempo, and, if you’re in an ensemble, the instruments around you.

  1. Teaches discipline.

Learning a new instrument can be very challenging, so it is important to have a lot of discipline in order to get better at it. Practicing and working hard on difficult pieces rather than the easy stuff requires discipline. The best musicians became great because they learned to master discipline and that’s why they are so good at their instrument.

  1. Allows self-expression.

You can play the whatever you want on the instrument because it’s yours! Not to mention, once you become more advanced, you will be able to play original pieces better and better. Music is an art, and art is used to express one’s feelings and emotions.  

  1. Builds confidence.

Once you find out that you have the ability to learn an instrument, you become more confident in your skills. When you are aware that you have the capability to develop a skill, you start to do work hard and become better and better.

  1. Relieves stress.

Playing music has been proven to relieve stress and can be a beneficial form of therapy. There is actually such thing as music therapy which has been helpful in treating teenagers and children with depression, anxiety, autism, and other disorders.

  1. Improves memory.

Instruments require lots of memorizing; You have to memorize notes, chords, symbols, structures, etc. You have to use both parts of the brain to play. In fact, some studies show that it stimulates physical development in different parts of the brain and has been linked to higher IQ levels as well.

  1. Gives you a sense of achievement.

Finally mastering a difficult piece that you thought you would never be capable of learning or playing in front of people and hearing the applause after your performance can make you feel proud of yourself for all that you have done. Whether it be just playing for yourself or for others, an instrument can allow feelings of achievement and pride.

  1. It’s fun!

Music brings joy and helps lift the spirit of those creating the music and those listening. It’s very exciting to learn to play new pieces and music that you love and have always wanted to accomplish.

Yes, picking a new instrument is very difficult and can be immensely frustrating. However, it is rewarding and satisfying all at the same time. If you have ever thought about learning to play an instrument, just try it! It doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a hidden talent or passion and persevere in a musical field, or just keep it as a hobby for yourself and play from time to time for fun.  

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