The benefits of learning a musical instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument can have enormous upside and there is no better time to start than as a child, allowing mastery of the instrument as soon as possible. Many schools offer specialised music programs, while specific tutors (particularly for instruments like guitar, piano and drums), are common.

There are various avenues to take, from joining a band to simply playing music as a means of relaxing, and the benefits are diverse, often promoting a boost in the individual’s physical, mental and emotional state.

Here are just a few of the reasons why it might be time to encourage your child to take up an instrument.

Improve memory

Playing music requires both sides of the brain, the ‘creative’ right hemisphere and the ‘analytical’ left hemisphere, and is responsible for boosting memory power. Beginning from a young age can also improve a child’s overall learning ability.

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of itStevie Wonder

Stress release

Listening to music is a common remedy to feeling stressed but playing an instrument can be equally, if not more calming. Your child can focus all their concentration on what they are doing, which can serve as a defence against tension and anxiety.

Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be all right – Bob Marley

Build discipline

No one ever said learning an instrument was easy. It takes a great deal of commitment and focus, and it can often take years to reach a certain skill level. Never fear though, for even the greatest musicians of all time had to do it at some stage.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice – Vladimir Horowitz

Sense of accomplishment

While it can be frustrating at times, the learning process becomes a worthwhile endeavour when you finally conquer the instrument in question. There is a genuine feeling of accomplishment, which will leave lasting satisfaction.

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master – Duke Ellington

Bolster your resume

Employers are always looking for applicants that stand out from the rest of the pack. Being able to play the guitar might not seem like a particularly valuable career skill but you never know, it might just be the point of difference that helps you land an interview.

Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them – Louis Armstrong 

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