Learning music has so many great benefits to both young students and older ones. I’ve been playing piano for the past 26 years and I can’t imagine my life without it! It will instill a sense of community, responsibility, and bring joy to both the student and others around them. Here are the top 5 reasons to learn a musical instrument.
1. It enhances academic achievement
It is scientifically proven that students that play an instrument perform better in the classroom. When learning to play an instrument, students have to be disciplined, set aside time to practice and this encourages responsibility that will carry over when they are learning in school, studying, and doing their homework.
2. It helps reduce stress
After a long day of school, chores, or errands, what better way to relax and unwind then to sit down (or stand up!) and play an instrument! Students that really enjoy their instrument can easily get lost playing for hours and this helps to calm and relax them. The worries of the day will manage to disappear for the time being because they will be so into playing. Instruments such as the piano and violin can definitely help with this and even playing the drums can reduce anger and tension in students.
3. It promotes self-confidence
When students gradually get better at their instrument, a sense of confidence will come over them. Plus, many times kids will be performing or playing for somebody. When they see that people like the music, clap for them, and appreciate it, they will feel a sense of accomplishment and want to get better.
4. It promotes creativity
Once students learn the basics of music they will be able make the music their own. Many kids enjoy writing their own songs or exploring the different chords and notes to see what sounds good and what doesn’t sound good. There are endless possibilities in the different sounds and rhythms that kids can create and the best part is, there are no rules!
5. It’s fun!
Music creates a sense of community and many students will find friends that also play and even join groups such as orchestra, band, choir, or their own band. Playing individually as well as with others promotes happiness and entertainment for others!