10 Benefits of Learning to Play a Musical Instrument

Learning to play an instrument can improve mental performance and concentration while also being great for your creativity and personal expression. It can also help reduce stress and build confidence.

Many children, at a certain point of their growth, have some interest in music and also in playing an instrument. But sometimes, parents may have some hesitations about its necessity and effect on their children’s academic success. 

Additionally, extracurricular activities can aid in the growth and development of a child’s unique abilities, interests, and passions. There are several advantages to learning to play an instrument, including increased self-confidence, social skills, and improved memory. It is a particularly enlightening pastime.

Playing a musical instrument has several advantages and may provide delight to both you and those around you. Here are 10 benefits of playing an instrument without a particular order that I hope will inspire you to appreciate music a little more.

1. Improves Mental Performance

Studies have proven that playing a musical instrument has been found to improve mental health as well as physical health because the activity has a potent impact on mood.

The act of playing an instrument, for example, might be considered a kind of creative self-expression. Children and teens may express their feelings, establish self-confidence and make their voices heard with the aid of a musical instrument.

This has a big value today as parents and educators find it difficult to know how to assist young people to cope with the rising pressures of modern life. They can essentially create a channel for previously untapped energy to be released when they play a musical instrument.

Playing an instrument would also bring to life all of the emotions that had previously been buried. Especially when you consider that, according to recent studies, a good deal of teenagers have either experienced or know someone who has had a mental health condition, you can see better its necessity. 

You don’t even have to be a specialized instrumentalist to reach this ability to elevate feelings of vigor, enthusiasm, and joy while simultaneously lowering feelings of sadness, tension, exhaustion, and frustration. All of this occurs because the music serves as an outlet for those sentiments and emotions that have been suppressed.

All you have to do is figure out a way to communicate your feelings and thoughts through the movement of your hands.

2. Better Concentration

Learning a musical instrument improves one’s cognitive abilities. The way you hold the instrument, the right posture, sound quality, pitch, pace, note duration, and rhythm are all important considerations while learning to play a musical instrument.

Almost every region of your brain is put to action when you try to put all these things together. When you develop your technique, there are even higher-level events to play the instrument. When playing in a group, you must learn to hear and check not just yourself but also the other parts in order to perform in unison with the rest of the group.

An increased motor function has been linked to improved concentration, according to research that focuses on musical training.

3. Refines Your Motor Skills

Almost all of our motor abilities become automatic by the time we reach adulthood. Hand-eye coordination is a skill that we all develop. When we speak or write, we don’t have to pay attention to the details and try to remember how to do it.

The act of reading musical notation on a sheet forces your subconscious mind to unconsciously transform that note into certain motor patterns, while also including breathing and rhythm into the process. It takes a great deal of hand-eye coordination to develop the skill of playing an instrument.

Also, for someone who lost the ability to move their body because of an injury, playing an instrument is a straightforward method of regaining that ability. Musical treatments in physical and therapeutic settings have just recently begun to gain popularity after decades of usage in emotional treatment.

4. Better Expression

Because it’s your instrument, you have complete freedom to improvise. The further your skill level on an instrument, the better your ability to express yourself musically. Just like an artist might paint his or her feelings using colors, a musician can perform a piece with feeling. 

This is a stress-relieving method and might be an excellent treatment option. In reality, studies show that music therapy is effective in treating a variety of illnesses in children, teenagers, and older people including autism, dementia, and anxiety.

Just find a method to convey oneself through hand gestures, emotions, and ideas and you’ll be fine. As a result, previously repressed emotions began to awaken. All of this occurs because music acts as a channel for releasing previously suppressed emotions and sensations.

There is no other way to express oneself via music. Anyone’s creative side may flourish when given the chance to share their ideas with others.

People become more aware of their own selves because of this. There are many ways to grow as a person, but one of the best is to play an instrument.

5. Relieves Stress

When playing an instrument, you’ll need to inhale and exhale large amounts of air to produce the ideal sound even though you don’t play a wind instrument. You’ll also need to pay attention to your posture. Improving your respiratory system physically changes the functions of your brain and slows your heart rate. This explains why playing a musical instrument may put a space between you and your thoughts and worries.

Learning a musical instrument may be one of the most important things you can do for your stress level. It’s very similar to meditation when you practice a musical instrument because you have to be very focused and do the same thing over and over again. Practicing a musical instrument actually uses all parts of your brain and stops you from thinking about things that you don’t want to think about.

Also in case that you suffer from anxiety or stress, stage fear may show up. This shouldn’t be discouraging because performing on stage can help going over these step by step.

To be able to play in front of people is one of the reasons you practice your instrument so often. Also, if you’re prepared and know exactly what you’re doing, it’s a lot simpler to stand up and perform in front of an audience.

Stage fear is easier to overcome the more you perform in front of others. When you perform better in front of an audience in time, you start to feel less stress and anxiety as your memory shifts about how you feel with people and about your position in life, in general.

6. It Builds Confidence

It’s easier to express yourself when you play an instrument. Starting with their music tutor or parents and progressing to groups of other students and concert audiences, youngsters are likely to begin performing in front of a small number of people. Playing in public can give youngsters the self-assurance they need to exhibit their work in settings other than the classroom.

As a second thing, they’ll be hit with a wave of dopamine. The satisfaction that comes from understanding a musical instrument, especially when you manage to perfect a piece that has been a source of frustration for weeks, is indescribably satisfying. This makes us think that we can do the things we want to do. When this happens a lot, our brain starts to change.

They can do this while they work on other skills that will help them later in life. Your kids will have many more chances to reach their goals if they practice their musical instruments regularly. This will help them become more confident.

7. Improved Time Management

In the process of learning, you’ll need to practice regularly. When you figure out how to schedule practice into a busy life and actually stick with it, you will gain higher time management and organizational abilities.

When it comes to practice time, a musician understands that quality is more important than quantity. Consistency and routine are also needed.

To become proficient at an instrument, you’ll need to master time management and organization skills. As a musician progresses, you will learn how to better manage their practice time and set new tasks to focus on in order to get the most out of their practice sessions.

8. Better Social Life

Playing a musical instrument may broaden our social boundaries in two ways. First, by introducing us to other musicians with whom we have the same interest, You must learn to work with others in a band or orchestra in order to succeed. And second, by cultivating our capacity for empathy and emotional maturity via music. The ability to listen and play in unison is essential to a group’s ability to produce high-quality music.

Playing a musical instrument necessitates a collaborative effort with others. It shouldn’t be scary, because the chance of understanding and empathizing with other people is much higher when you can emotionally connect with their music. This form of emotional growth improves our social interactions as well.

9. More Creative

Music is something that only humans can create, and also instrument players share this power while interpreting music. While performing and interpreting a musical piece your brain will be stimulated in new ways.

Learning an instrument is like learning a completely new language. Playing an instrument requires coordination of many parts of the brain including the creative side as you need to internalize the entire structure and your instrument’s part in the way that it’s written.

One of the most creative activities available is playing and improvising music in real-time, which throws the brain into a flow.

10. It’s Fun

Music and all the events that involve music already give people good vibes. Because there is “sharing” in music no matter if you only listen to it or if you interpret it. This is why playing an instrument is much more than trying to achieve something. It boosts your mood even when you play a sad song because there is interaction even when you play by yourself.

Summary

There are several advantages to learning an instrument, regardless of your age or ability level. First, it’s a mood enhancer. Music activates the brain’s pleasure regions and reward centers in every way imaginable.

As a result, it impacts your overall well-being and health. We feel happy, relaxed, and more confident. These things can work in a positive chain effect where we start to think better, move better, and concentrate better.

Additionally, we naturally improve our time management skills, social skills, and creativity thanks to the practices that require discipline.

Arda Tuncer is a music producer, composer, songwriter, arranger, and performer. She releases music as part of the music duo, Kronik Leila. She has worked and collaborated with some prestigious orchestras around Europe, while also holding University positions as music theory professor and music research assistant. Arda studied music theory and clarinet at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and completed her degree at the Conservatory of Strasbourg in France.

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