As a child is grows up, all parents debate on extracurricular activities to keep the child occupied and develop new a new talent. Science shows that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. Of course, the benefits of music are countless and it is not restricted to children alone. Here are some of the benefits you will reap from learning a musical instrument, no matter how old you are.
It sharpens concentration and increases memory
Studies show that listening to music and playing a musical instrument can stimulate your brain and increase your memory power. According to an article on Telegraph, music can even increase IQ by seven points in both children and adults, according to researchers.
Playing an instrument relieves stress
Playing an instrument on a regular basis can also relieve stress. It is said to lower heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn reduces stress levels. The more you focus on something positive, the less you will dwell on your problems. Playing an instrument or listening to music affects the nervous system and the release of hormones such as cortisol, endorphins and oxytocin. It reduces cortisol levels, which helps you relax and improves your mood.
It improves your social skills
Music classes let you connect with people from different walks of life. Various musical education programs require one to work in teams. This not only helps you meet new people but also teaches you team work. Group classes also require peer interaction and communication, which will benefit the children in the longer run.
Playing a musical instrument promotes creativity
Certain aspects of playing an instrument stimulate the right hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for creativity. Research studies document different ways that music increases children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation to learn.
Teaches you perseverance and patience
Learning to play an instrument is not exactly easy. It is time consuming and is a lot of hard work. Most people can’t play every piece immediately and it requires them to practice hard before you master a particular piece. While going through this process, you also learn perseverance and patience.
It gives you a taste of different cultures
Learning music is not restricted to one particular language or culture. Instruments such as piano, keyboard and violin can be played in different styles such as classical and jazz. For instance, leaning to play the Bongo drum, an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed drums of different sizes will expose you to African style of music. So when you learn music, you automatically cultivate the habit of learning about other cultures and their history.
Helps improve concentration
There are multiple aspects that you need to keep in mind while playing an instrument. You need to focus on pitch, rhythm, tempo, the musical note. If you miss out on one, the whole performance can be ruined. It requires immense concentration and thinking. Concentrating plays a more vital role while playing in a group. Being coordinated with the rest of the gang is also involved.
As you can see, playing an instrument has multiple benefits. So go out there and pick your favorite instrument and start learning. If you think we have missed out any other benefit, let us know by commenting below.