Why You Should Learn To Play A Musical Instrument

Published August 28, 2014

woman-playing-a-violinAmong the many ways to boost your cognition, coordination, and various functions of the brain, there can’t be another way that is more rewarding and fun than learning how to play an instrument. Music is a very powerful instrument that has been around ever since early civilization, and since then music has been morphed, crafted, and innovated into so many different things. Now, music is probably easiest it has ever been to get into and become successful at.

Learning how to play a musical instrument really has nothing to do with natural skill at all, but more determination, focus, and most importantly – practice. You can’t expect to become proficient at anything unless you devote time out of your life to practice it, and music works the same way.

When learning how to play an instrument, your brain functions in such a unique way; a way that is unique to every single other activity. Whether you play sports, dance, write, or what have you, learning and playing music is a different experience than all of those. Yes, there are some similarities, but music improves both your cognitive and non-cognitive skills at the same time; not many activities do that.

Perhaps the greatest thing about music is the fact that is can be learned at pretty much any stage in life. Whether you’re a toddler banging around on a little toy drum set, or you’re an old man sitting in a wheel chair learning some chords on a guitar – music can be learned anywhere at anytime. One of the most fascinating things that has been discovered about music is its connection with memory. Music has been linked to helping treat Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss because of it’s attachment to various memories deep within the brain. Sometimes it’s music that can help bring those memories back and improve the functioning of the brain.

My personal favorite thing about music is how transferable the skills are. Hypothetically, sitting down and learning how to play a song on the piano is no different then sitting in front of a math book and teaching yourself calculus. You take it one step at a time, review often, and slowly start to piece things together. Given, I’d say playing the piano is much more fun than calculus, but music teaches so many transferable skills.

If you think music is the place for you then you should know that music is very vast. No matter what your experience is with music, there is a spot for you. Whether it’s in music production and going to one of the top music production schools, or perhaps pursuing a license to be a musical therapist, music has a place for you.

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