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10 Reasons Why Learning an Instrument Is Good for You

Updated: May 7, 2021

The Benefits of Learning an Instrument

Everyone who works in the backroom team at The Music Works has been involved in music in one way or another, whether they have had lessons with us or have worked/are working in the industry. This is what helps us be the best version of a music tuition company we can be, because we understand our teachers and our customers well.

The benefits of learning an instrument are obvious to us, mainly because we see the results every day with our students! But if you’ve never had a music lesson before here is a great list of the benefits of learning an instrument.

neon light on brick wall saying 'you are what you listen to'
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10 Reasons Why Learning an Instrument Is Good for You

1. Improves your health

‘No way!’, I hear you say. Well, ‘yes way!’ my friend! The benefits of learning an instrument go as far as keeping you healthier by creating the immunoglobulin-A antibody. Unbelievable!

2. Reduces stress

Studies consistently show that learning an instrument reduces blood pressure and heart rate. All we know is that when you are in the ‘zone’ all of our worries disappear!

3. Increases memory

Harvard say, ‘Listening to and performing music reactivates areas of the brain associated with memory, reasoning, speech, emotion and reward… music doesn’t just help us retrieve stored memories, it also helps us lay down new ones.’ That’s pretty cool!

4. Improves critical thinking

Learn how to effectively break down a large challenge (like a difficult song) into sensible bite-sized chunks that can be practiced. This discipline can be applied to any goal or challenge in life!

5. Improves coordination

When learning an instrument your dexterity is pushed to the max! Think of practicing like being at the gym for your finger muscles, arms, feet and lungs (depending on the instrument of course!)

6. Develops discipline

Discipline can be a game-changer for so many people and this is a huge benefit of learning an instrument. Little and often will get you across the line in time!

7. Allows emotional release

Words cannot express how it feels to have a musical release in the hard times that life can bring. Being able to cry or rage with our musical voices can honestly be a transcendent moment.

8. Helps with socialising

There’s a reason that musicians typically are a social bunch! Musicians can engage with each other on another level, performing in synchronicity and being able to understand the most subtle of social cues. Did you catch the singer nodding at the drummer!?

9. Builds confidence and self-esteem

Not everyone can be the star "sportsball" player! Music offers a path to confidence for those who follow it. There’s no exclusivity in music and everyone has a voice in one way or another.

10.Develops cultural appreciation

There’s a reason that musicians tend to be open-minded and (sometimes) informed in politics. The music industry is steeped in cultural history and the mixing of traditions from multiple countries and ethnicities has brought about the creation of some incredible music and communities!

You can learn music on a variety of instruments with The Music Works. Sign up for a free, no obligation music lesson now!

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