Music has been said to be medicine to the soul. Though many throughout the ages would probably agree, it is now during the modern age where scientific data is preeminent that this sentiment is proved to be true. Taking music lessons and learning to play an instrument has benefits that go beyond delighting the ears of the listeners.
Music is a physical activity no matter if you are singing, playing a wind or string instrument, or percussion. All involve breathwork, muscle coordination, and endurance.
Singing and playing many instruments require the player to breathe deeply so that they can sustain their breath. When we begin to breathe more deeply while we play and throughout our day, our lungs and respiratory system are strengthened .
Playing an instrument and making music has been shown to stimulate our immune system’s response, allowing us to better fight viruses and other harmful free radicals.
We all deal with an exceeding amount of stress—even many young kids are stressed due to over commitment. The concentration and physicality of making music are actually an effective means of stress relief.
Playing a musical instrument and learning to sing all require a trained ear. Such attention to the nuances of a note created takes time and allows the musician to generally have better hearing especially in noisy environments when it is necessary to listen to a specific voice.
Playing an instrument, singing, and making music all require a certain amount of physicality. Whether it be breathing or moving your arm to play a specific note, music increases one’s coordination, endurance, breath capacity, and their posture.
Music is powerful and influential, increasing the health of the body and the abilities of the mind.
Music requires the engagement of every part of your brain. This mental activity is powerful enough to help patients recover from a stroke and to slow the effects of dementia.
Coordination isn’t just an aspect of our physical bodies, but also our minds. Playing a musical instrument will increase one’s hand-eye coordination and can be that catalyst for the healthy development of motor skills.
Making time for practicing our instrument can be difficult no matter what age. However, learning how to prioritize tasks, such as practicing one’s instrument, can help anyone learn the art of time management.
Reading music, especially at fast tempos, can increase your capacity to process and absorb information as well as make mental connections. This increased mental ability is due to the new physical connections being developed between synapses in the brain.
As mentioned above, taking music lessons and learning to play an instrument or sing requires listening skills that allow the player to hear the differences between notes, chords, and more. Playing or singing music may increase your ability to focus and listen to conversations, lectures, and more.
Practice time and generally playing an instrument requires concentration. As you flex and work your concentration “muscle” you will be able to better concentrate while playing, while in class, and during everyday life.
Music can actually help one with their math skills. Recognizing patterns in music allows the player to better recognize patterns. Additionally, learning the division of notes can actually help increase one’s math skills.
Music affects us deeply. It can change the way we feel, even bringing us to tears or lightening our mood. Playing an instrument, singing, and creating music can have a profound effect on our emotional health.
Creating our own music or interpreting someone else's piece is an opportunity for self-expression. Expressing oneself through music can have powerful effects on our emotions including creating positive effects on depression, anxiety, and self-esteem.
Playing music can eliminate stress and aid with insomnia and depression. Not only is playing music a great way to distract your mind from the stresses of the day, but it can also be a means of release and soothing that are necessary for our well-being and happiness.
Playing a piece well and learning an instrument is an achievement and no matter what age you are, it can give you satisfaction and a self-esteem boost—both of which can create positive momentum to reach other goals and achieve in all areas of life.
Music can be a solitary art, but often through band, orchestra, choir, or other musical groups, we can experience the enjoyment and power of music with others our own age giving us a sense of community, connection, and the chance of making lasting friendships.
Are you or your child interested in learning how to play an instrument or sing and live in the Santa Clara or Redwood City area? The California Conservatory offers music lessons to students of all ages including guitar lessons, violin lessons, vocal lessons, piano lessons, music theory courses, and more. Learn more about The California Conservatory and the lessons we offer on our website.