Playing Music is like time-traveling across the world. You get to experience diverse cultures through history from anywhere at any time. This is how I felt when I discovered my passion for Music. I was amazed that wherever you are from, your cultural background, or your native speech, people all have the astounding ability to understand each other through Music. Learning an instrument can be daunting if you’re new to Music or want to get better at it. This is why I came up with 5 astonishing reasons why you should learn Music.
Imagine knowing a language that transcends words. It is a language that allows you to channel your emotions and render them into something unique and creative. The beautiful thing about Music lies in the endless possibilities to express ourselves. Music helps people communicate, to say what needs to be said.
It is a gift to have a voice to express yourself in ways that words cannot even begin to describe. Give yourself that gift, and you will cherish it forever.
During my touring years, I had the opportunity to play music with people from all around the world. I was, and still am, amazed at how much Music connects us all. Communicating ideas with people with whom you don’t share a common tongue is an unbelievable experience. A Harvard University study recently concluded that Music is universal. Yet, researchers still hardly understand why Music so deeply interconnects humans.
Music is, to put it mildly, a language that transcends words.
People often say they’re “too old” to start learning Music. But are they? Sure, most professional musicians began when they were young. But the goal here is not necessary to quit your day job and start touring with your guitar! You might say, yes, that’s great, but I have no time to spare. Look at this statistic: the average person spends around 145 minutes on social media daily. This is over a month at the end of the year! I am not saying to stop using social media entirely. Social media can be an excellent tool for learning Music!
Spend some of your precious time doing something for yourself and learn something new.
How much can your brain benefit from learning Music? More than any other daily activity! Playing Music requires almost every part of your brain to work together. However, it principally involves your visual, auditory, and motor cortices. These brain exercises will benefit your music practice and empower you with those skills in other activities. In a TED-Ed animation, Anita Collins illustrates how the brain benefits from playing Music.
“Playing Music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout. Musicians also have higher levels of executive function — a category of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to detail, and requires simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects.”
We sometimes forget that we can train our brains as we do with our bodies. So we should spend less time at the gym and more time playing Music!
Whether you want to become a professional orchestra player or strum a few guitar chords around the campfire, Music is something that sticks with you forever. When I started playing the violin, I wasn’t sure if I genuinely liked it. I needed to be patient and work hard to discover what it was all about. But as you progress, the rewarding feeling of playing Music becomes addictive. It develops your willpower, patience, and creativity.
Learning Music is like a relationship. It will have its ups and downs, and if you don’t give up, it will bring you joy for the rest of your life. Schedule a music lesson online today!
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