Learning to play a musical instrument has many great benefits – from building your confidence, enhancing your memory, making you more creative, or just relieving your stress. Here are just a few of the reasons to consider when taking up an instrument .

 

Playing an Instrument Can Make You a Little Smarter

You’ve no doubt heard that playing a musical instrument makes you smarter, but is that really true? Let’s take a look at how music affects the brain to answer that question. There has been a ton of research done to determine whether music is simply a mood enhancer or if it does something in the brain to improve cognitive processes.

Scientists have discovered that both listening to and playing a musical instrument makes you smarter because these activities release brain-building compounds and neural growth factors that make you smarter, stronger, and better at doing whatever activities throughout your day.

Music is Good for the Brain
Music is Good for the Brain

Some of the brain benefits of learning a musical instrument include increased comprehension and math skills, better coordination, a greater capacity for memory, and a boost on creativity among others. Another question that arises is does music help you study better? According to research, yes. Playing music will make learning easier because it utilizes both sides of the brain in the process.

So studying an instrument maybe easier than studying calculus since you’re growing your brain power as you practice and learn!

 

Playing a Musical Instrument Gets Those Creative Juices Flowing

This is quite obvious. Music can let loose those creative juices. Nothing can give you more satisfaction than to compose your own musical number from playing your own instrument.

Writing down musical ideas
Composing Music

Once you’ve mastered the basics of playing an instrument, such as scales, timing and rhythm, chord progression, etc, you can get creative and start experimenting with what you can achieve.

Whether you’re trying to find your own sound, just mucking around and jamming with friends or trying to find the perfect way express yourself, this all comes through to you thanks to your creative juices.

 

Great Confidence Builder

For so many of us, confidence is not easy to come by, and the very thought of standing on a stage, no matter how big or small, and performing music is downright scary, to say the least.

Even if you don’t perform in front of a crowd and only practice at home, this alone can do wonders when it comes to boosting our confidence.

As you get better with practicing your instrument, you gradually get more comfortable expressing yourself. This is especially good for children when they first learn their instruments. As they begin to master their instrument, they may end up playing to a few audiences, starting with their music teacher or parents, and branching out to groups of other pupils and concert audiences. Playing in front of a crowd can go a long way to help children feel confident.

 

Playing an Instrument Can Reduce Stress

When you pick up your instrument and play a note from it, how does it make you feel? Good, right? Just the simple act of playing your instrument can make you forget about the daily grind and stresses of real life and bring about sheer joy and contentment through music.

Music can help with all kinds of issues that deal with depression, anxiety, and stress, being able to express yourself in such a unique way, it can become both extremely therapeutic and healing to both your mind and your body.

Just spending 15 to 30 minutes a day just making music can greatly reduce stress and improve your overall mood plus there is no side effects!

 

Play Music and Make More Friends

Want more friends and become more sociable? Making music is the key – unless you don’t mind being being a loner.

Playing an instrument isn’t just good for your brain, it’s also great for starting and expanding your social circle. Joining a musical group at any age encourages you to develop relationships with new kinds of people that you would never have interacted with. It also builds skills in leadership and team-building, as well as showing you the rewards of working with others not just in the music world but also in your home and work life. There is no better way than to break out of your shell.

 

Last But Not Least Playing an Instrument is About Having Fun

The benefits I just mentioned above are only just a few of the many that are out there. But the most important benefit of all in my opinion is that playing an instrument especially when you are in the learning stages is to have fun. There are very few things in life that are as fun to do than expressing yourself through music.

I can harp on about all the scientific research that was conducted on the benefits to learning a musical instrument – and believe me there is plenty – but what matters most is that it gives you the player a tremendous amount of bliss. I don’t think I can ever recall any point in time that I didn’t have at least some pleasure when I first started learning to play a saxophone and then other instruments.

While other activities like watching TV or swiping left and right through social media are passive and just rots your brain, playing music actively engages and stimulates the brain and opens up a whole world of creative possibilities.

But don’t take my word for it – I believe Einstein said it best:  “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.”

Einstein making music
Einstein Playing the Violin

Rock on \m/

Jackson

 

 

9 Replies to “Benefits of Learning to Play a Musical Instrument – It’s Good for the Brain and Body”

  1. Wow, what a great read! I just thought of playing an instrument was a cool hobby which was fun and reduces stress, but making you brainier is another good asset. I’ll have to get back on the piano. Very informative, thanks!

  2. Hi, Jackson, I actually have a keyboard at my apartment and definitely would love to start playing and finally getting around to composing my own music. I’m a writer who actually writes novels, but it’d be a dream come true to compose my own soundtrack for these works and maybe even start a YouTube channel based around it. I know this would take time and I’m far too busy (seriously) to do anything right now, but getting around to this would set a tone for my series.

    1. Hi Todd, that would be awesome if you would compose soundtracks for your novels. You should go ahead and start your own YouTube channel and share your soundtracks with the rest of the world.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the different benefits of playing an instrument! The most interesting for me is that it really reduces stress, I didn’t know this. In our family most members used to play an instrument. I love the violin, but my daughter used to play the flute and she loved it very much. When do you think it should be started? So is there an age you can recommend to start playing an instrument? I’ve also known a person who was almost 60 when she started playing the piano. Do you think it can be too late to begin?

    1. Hi Agnes, that’s great that most of your family played an instrument. I believe there is no age limit when you can start to learn. Age is just a number. As long as you have the desire to learn and are inspired by others, you should go ahead and start learning to play an instrument. It is never too late to learn and music or anything else as long as you have the passion, the drive and motivation to learn.

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