Remember that time when your parents signed you up for that guitar lesson? The only thing you still remember is the teacher telling you ‘not enough practice’. Many of us have been there.
Maybe you’ve given up on music lesson when you were little because you thought they were boring or just hated practicing. But years later, you feel the itch to pick up that guitar again. Today, I’m here to share 4 awesome benefits and reasons for taking up music lessons again, or for the first time ever.
1. Helps Boost Confidence
When children takes part in music ensemble with their classmates, the feedback they give to each other builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others.
Music education gives children a way to express themselves, especially in a classroom setting. When students are working towards a common goal, they appreciate that their “voice” and interests are heard and understood by others. This joint effort creates a sense of secure acceptance that is critical to building confidence.
2. Music Relieves Stress/Improves Workouts
Music releases endorphins in the brain. This can directly affect your mood. One study found that cyclists who worked out harder and biked further distances when listening to faster music as compared to music with a slower tempo.
Music lessons can also remove you from the hectic routine of every day life and the stress that comes from work, family and other aspects of life. Practicing music can then become a soothing quiet time allowing you to relax.
3. Improves Memory
Researchers at the music and neuro-imaging laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have shown that singing lyrics can be especially helpful to people who are recovering from a stroke or brain injury that has damaged the left-brain region responsible for speech.
Further, songs and rhymes can be used to remember all kinds of information. A study from the Memory and Cognition journal found that adults learns new languages faster and more effectively when they sang the words instead of speaking them.
Music and musical training have also been shown to protect the aging brain and keeping it healthy.
4. Connecting With Other Music Lovers
Music began as an extension of communication in a social context. Today, for many adults, finding places to make new friends where they can feel at home can be daunting. Music lessons can be a way to help you connect with others who share the same interest. The Friday Night Jam Session at your local pub can now be a great place to meet like-minded people and talk about your favorite artists and albums. This important social connection can enhance the effects of learning to play music, making it more enjoyable and beneficial to all.
Over the years I’ve had many friends who told me that they’ve regret stopping music lessons when they were younger and had wished they had continued to play. To those of you out there, let me just say: you are never too old to start taking up music lessons! Music knows no boundaries, and soon you will discover many benefits to playing music. I will leave you with a quote from the British writer C.S. Lewis:
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis