Why take music lessons? Lots of reasons!
Considering music lessons? Discover the benefits…
The more we read about the benefits of taking music lessons, the more we realise how fortunate we were to be studying, playing in ensembles, and generally discovering music from a young age. In a perfect world, we think that some kind of music activity should be on everyone’s weekly schedule and we’re working to help make that possible!
In the coming months, we’ll be posting additional articles to more detailed research because the evidence is actually pretty amazing, especially when it comes to the effects of music lessons on children and seniors. In the mean time, let’s talk generically about the impact of music lessons:
- Develops concentration and memory: For both children and adults, this is a key skill that is developed when studying music. It’s often observed that our ability to concentrate is diminished in today’s world because the the constant streams of information and interruptions. Studying an instrument requires periods of concentration and this ability to focus transfers easily into other areas of life. Memory is exercised naturally through repetition and deliberately in preparation for performance.
- Builds discipline and self-esteem: Very little that is worthwhile comes without hard work and discipline. Music lessons teach discipline which is so key for achievement in life. Naturally, there is plenty of fun and enjoyment involved but it’s also true that progress is often made through practice and repetition. The attainment of goals helps build self-esteem.
- Inspires creativity and imagination: An instrument or voice holds infinite possibilities for expression and creativity. Listening to and engaging in music is an imaginative activity far beyond our normal daily consumption of TV and the internet.
- Increases cultural awareness: Music from all eras and genres is part of the fabric of our world. Understanding where it comes from, what it means, and how different genres are connected is key to understanding our history and culture.
- Improves co-ordination and dexterity: The temptation is to file this benefit under “for children”, and it’s certainly true that engaging in musical activities is key to hep build a child’s co-ordination and fine motor skills. But the same holds true for adults. Moving our bodies, co-ordinating breathing, feeling rhythm, all serve to increase our co-ordination and make us feel better within ourselves.
- Enhances academic performance: Numerous studies have shown that academic performance is improved when children take music lessons because of all the factors listed above. Especially interesting is the connection between music and maths which we will throw some light on in the coming months.
- Fosters relaxation: Is a source of healthy relaxation, we should state. Watching TV and surfing the internet are relaxing and can be stimulating, but often that’s not the case (as we watch another episode of Jackass). Tickle your brain in another way – let it explore and learn something new.
- Is social: As our virtual world becomes more and more sophisticated, we will come to value “real world” activities more and more. Playing with others and taking lessons are intensely social activities that fill our need to interact with people. In other words, they are fun. And lots of us need more fun in our lives.
Why not give music lessons a try and see the benefits for yourself? Remember, the first two lessons are effectively a paid trial, so there’s lots to gain by signing up and trying out music lessons. Click here to let us know what you’d like to study and where, and we will set you up with a great teacher who fits your profile.