How Does Music Benefit You?
Whether you know it or not, sown into the fabric of your day-to-day life is an auditory experience known as music.
Whether you are waking up, driving, or working, music seems to be everywhere at all times. These few examples, at a minimum, convey that there are many environments to experience music as a listener.
So what happens when you take music to the next level?
Making the Transition
Most commonly, music is a passive listening experience. Listening alone has been shown to produce some benefits, but transitioning from passive music listener to active music learner can provide benefits that reach farther both in depth and breadth. Listed below are five benefits that I found most compelling.
Five Benefits of Learning Music
IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY CAPACITY
Regardless of your age, learning to play an instrument helps keep the mind active while fostering healthy memory function. Learning an instrument is a visual, auditory, and physical experience that improves your memory by increasing the amount of auditory information you can store. This ability to store auditory information facilitates the process of learning new languages and can even improve your verbal memory in your native language.
SELF-DISCOVERY AND IDENTITY
As an art form, music acts as a channel to express emotion. Self-expression through music helps to convey thoughts or feelings that words alone cannot express. Self-expression at this level develops independence as both a musician and a person. Furthermore, this level of musical expression cements a foundation of confidence and achievement that nourishes positive feedback loops of self-discovery and identity.
ENJOY THE HEALTH BENEFITS
Playing an instrument acts as a form of therapy in that it fosters calmness of both mind and body. Alongside this calming effect, music has been found to decrease blood-pressure while additional studies suggest that music therapy aids children with ADD, insomnia, and depression.
HAVE FUN AND RELIEVE SOME STRESS
Even after learning just three simple chords, you can begin to play hundreds of popular songs. The sound of your music in conjunction with the creative and emotional expression of playing an instrument can release endorphins and substantially decrease your stress level.
DEVELOP RESPONSIBILITY, DISCIPLINE, AND PERSEVERANCE
Learning an instrument takes both time and effort which aids in the development of patience and perseverance. A notable amount of focus and repetition is required to master a musical piece entirely without mistakes. Due to the challenge of mastery, you gain self-discipline and the responsibility necessary to maintain a regular practice schedule.
ALL IN ALL...
The benefits of being a student of music are numerous and play an active role in developing and maintaining a healthy mind. Be it vocal training, Piano, Violin, or Guitar lessons, the benefits of learning music should not be overlooked and can be a positive developmental experience for all people.
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