5 Benefits to Learning Musical Instruments (And Singing!)
While learning a musical instrument will indeed enable you to become a really great musician, that’s not its only benefit – in fact, learning music improves MANY other aspects of your life! Here are just some of the many wonderful benefits of learning a new musical instrument (or having voice lessons):
- Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem
At some point in your music lessons, you will have to perform for someone – it may be your teacher, it may be your parents, or it may be at recitals in front of your family, friends, and strangers! While it may seem daunting at first, any seasoned musician will tell you that one of the benefits of play music and performing often is that it gets rid of the stage fright and nerves, and makes you a more confident person!
Let’s be honest – wouldn’t you feel more CONFIDENT having lots of people admiring your awesome guitar skills or your powerful singing voice?
- Improves your Physicality and Coordination
Playing an instrument requires the mastery of certain physical movements, correct posture, and a high-level of hand-eye coordination. For example, pianists and drummers must be able to isolate their left hand movements from their right hand movements while at the same time looking at a music score! On the other hand, singers, woodwind, and brass players must develop really good breath control in order to play or sing long, sustained passages of music without breathing! In short, another benefit of playing music or singing is that it makes you a master of controlling different parts of your body at the same time.
- Instils Discipline, Perseverance, and Patience
It may be hard to believe, but all of those famous musicians you watch in concerts or hear on the radio were ALL once beginners – in fact, talent is only a small part of the equation! Mastering a music instrument requires hours of daily rigorous practice wherein you don’t only practice the nice tunes, but especially the challenging, frustrating parts of your music, which requires a lot of discipline and patience. Indeed, the best performers are masters of discipline and have persevered to get to the very top!
- Increase in Knowledge of other cultures
Another benefit of learning a musical instrument is that you gain more knowledge about History and culture! Most classical music originated from Europe, which explains why many of the composers have German, Italian, or French names and why a lot of musical terms are written in Italian! A lot of jazz, pop, and rock music, on the other hand, originates largely from a creative mixture of African music and Classical music! While learning your musical instrument, you’ll be learning all about these composers and the cultures they grew up in that strongly influenced their music; you will also end up speaking some Italian because of the musical terminology you’ll be learning!
You’ll have the extra bonus of learning how to pronounce and understand languages such as French, Italian, German (and maybe even Spanish, Czech, and Russian) if you take up classical singing! (Just approach any Opera singer and you’ll find them to be extremely polylingual)
- Enhances your Memory
A huge benefit of learning a musical instrument is that it makes your brain bigger – that’s right, we’re not making this up! A study done by the Institute of Education at the University of London found that learning to play an instrument enlarged the left side of the brain. This means that musically-trained people can remember almost a fifth more information compared to those who have never taken up an instrument!
Well then, what are you waiting for? As you’ve seen, there are many benefits of learning a musical instrument or learning how to sing, and they all lean towards making you an overall better, healthier, and smarter person! Why not start with some music lessons or sign-up for our Free Trials for whatever instrument you might fancy learning!