The Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Is your son or daughter interested in playing a musical instrument? Do you wonder how it might benefit them? There are many reasons to play – self-discipline, self-expression, and the pure joy music brings to the soul. Research shows that playing a musical instrument also helps develop the cognitive skills of children and adolescents. It builds confidence, increases productivity and presents opportunities to develop social skills. Additionally, music lifts the spirit, which can reduce stress. Here are 9 benefits of playing a musical instrument:

1. Better intellectual capacity

Researchers say that children who play an instrument, or those who are exposed to music, perform better in school. Simple tunes and classical music help students concentrate, focus their minds on the activity and retain more information. Studies also show that exposing children to music positively affects their IQ, reading age, and the development of certain parts of the brain. An adult mind stays active, alert and has better memory when they play an instrument.

2. Discipline and patience

Learning to play an instrument is like learning to speak another language. You need to practice every day and have the discipline to master your instrument. Music also lengthens the attention span of its player.

3. Stress relief

Playing an instrument can soothe the mind, calm tempers and even lower blood pressure. Music also helps in creative problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and effective communication.

4. Sense of achievement

Music helps build confidence and give a sense of achievement. It can be frustrating for a beginner to play his/her first piece. But once you have mastered it, the satisfaction you will feel is priceless

5. Communication of feelings

If you are looking for an outlet for your emotions, play the drums rather than punch a punching bag. If you feel sad and lonely, play something slow. If you are happy and elated, play something loud and joyful. Music also helps adolescents control their emotions and cope with difficult and complicated situations, such as peer pressure, pressures of study and family, substance abuse, the pain of loss or trauma, and the dynamics of friendships and social life.

6. Developing a personal style

Have you ever tried playing rock “n” roll on a flute? Music gives the freedom to be your own self, be different, somebody you thought you could never be.

7. Teamwork

Musicians play with other musicians who can share a sense of belonging. They combine their talents to show off their musical abilities and make music they cannot play on their own. They share ideas and values to work together on sound, tempo and style.

8. Enjoyment

Though it takes a lot of hard work, music is fun. It can open up lots of possibilities that can enrich your life. Sharing your skill with your family and friends is fun

Wouldn’t it be great to help a child or young adult learn to play an instrument. The benefits are enormous and certainly outweigh the costs. Won’t you make a donation today to The Wish List Project?


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  • Prabhupad Swain

    Good one, points are absolutely valid..