5 BENEFITS OF PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT
Scientific and medical research has accumulated much support to the benefits of playing a musical instrument. Music affects us on all levels: mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are some of the practical and diverse ways music can affect us:
1. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT GIVES PURPOSE
Many young people have shared that music provides meaning in their lives where there was formally boredom, peer pressure to conform, or apathy. It provides an alternative in underprivileged cultures to drugs, crime, or promiscuity. It gives a sense of achievement and reveals to an individual what he or she is truly capable of accomplishing.
2. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT CREATES OPPORTUNITIES
By learning the craft of reading music and playing an instrument, a new world of job opportunities opens up. An individual can play music concerts for money, play in an orchestra or ensemble, or become a music instructor. Through this skill, there is the possibility for a secure income and through means that are honorable and positive.
3. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT FOSTERS DEVELOPMENT
Playing an instrument (more so than just listening to music) is a workout for our brains. It builds academic achievement by strengthening the areas of cognitive performance that are needed in math, reading, comprehension, and literacy. Studies shows that students who play an instrument are more likely to have better grades overall than students who do not. Playing music requires coordination and builds new synapsis in our brains that improve memory and critical thinking.
4. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT PROMOTES HEALTH
Not only does playing an instrument make us better learners, but it improves the overall health of our bodies by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Students with reduced stress, anxiety, and depression are more likely to have dreams and aspirations, and to feel that they can realistically accomplish those goals.
5. PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT GIVES US SOMETHING TO OFFER THE WORLD
Playing an instrument develops vital traits needed for success in any endeavor within our community and society. It teaches us perseverance, discipline, and responsibility. It teaches an individual how to work in a team, to engage with others and listen and react to one’s surroundings. By providing an individual with a voice and self-expression, it gives a young man or woman something to give back to his or her community and culture. It gives power for impact and change.
Enjoy this TED Talk below on the scientific effects and perks of music.