I'm sure at one time or another, the thought, "I wish I could play an instrument," has crossed your mind. You may have even tried to learn an instrument, but stopped when you weren't successful right away. These are common occurrences, but should you really let a little hardship stop you from playing an instrument?
This is 2016! A new year, means a new you. Here's 7 reasons why you should get back on the horse, and learn an instrument this year!
According to Effective Music Teaching, there is a wide variety of ways you can benefit from learning to play an instrument. Here are our favorites, plus a few of our own.
1. It Increases your memory
A 2009 study at the University of California-Davis showed that the same parts of the brain that store memories, are also used for playing/listening to music and bringing out emotions. I guess this is why I know the lyrics to so many Taylor Swift songs, even though I've never listened to her intentionally.
Although I've made this into a joke, there is serious science behind this. Preschoolers who were given keyboard lessons had 34 percent better spatial-temporal skills than their untaught counterparts.
Some food for thought.
2. It teaches you perseverance
Even the best musicians have to practice. That's the beauty of music; it never stops challenging you. Growing and developing perseverance is absolutely vital to become a good musician, as well as a strong person, out here in the real world.
Bring it on 2016.
3. It exposes you to cultural history
Playing an instrument can teach you about more than just he instrument itself. Often, you are opened up to new trains of thought, cultures, and ways of life, as well. As Effective Music Teaching puts it, "Music itself is history, and each piece usually has its own background and storyline that can further your appreciation for other cultures."
So why not give it a try, eh?
4. It relieves stress
A study at Michigan State University found that music can, indeed, help to de-stress individuals. This study showed that listening or playing music helped alleviate "burn out among nursing students and long-term healthcare workers."
Could you use a good stress reliever? I bet you could.
5. It promotes happiness
One of the best things about learning to play music, is the relationships you build along the way. Sure, you can keep your ability to yourself, but that's no fun!
Playing music is meant to be shared with others, and you don't have to be ashamed when you mess up. Every musician has had his/her fair share of musical bloopers, so join the squad and be happy!
Don't Worry, Be Happy.
6. It is a lifelong hobby
From as young as preschool until the end of life, music can be a constant companion. For those to learn the ins and outs of their instruments, it will never stray too far from their consciousness.
Although there are many different motivations for wanting to learn an instrument, there's no comparison to knowing your instrument well. As long as you take care of the music, the music will take care of you.
I got very philosophical. I'm not sorry.
7. We can teach you
We want to propose, to you, a New Year's Resolution. Like written earlier in this article, a new year means a new you!
We can offer you, or your child, the highest quality of music instruction, at an affordable rate. If you stick with us through 5 lessons this year, you'll get the 6th one for FREE!
Not a bad deal, right?
You can choose from a variety of instruments including: Piano, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Saxophone, or even voice! All of our teachers are classically trained professionals, so you can be sure you are receiving excellent instruction!
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We are friendly individuals who love helping people reach their potential. Let us help you reap the benefits of learning an instrument this year!