Learning music will make connections socially and mentally

Learning and playing an instrument can help your mind, help you relax, creates connections with other music lovers plus it's fun. Photo: Shutterstock.
Learning and playing an instrument can help your mind, help you relax, creates connections with other music lovers plus it's fun. Photo: Shutterstock.

It doesn't matter whether you are young or old, or whether you have learned music before or not, the benefits of music will impact your life once you start learning to play an instrument.

Learning and playing an instrument is a challenging and fun process.

Not only will you be learning a new skill but also helping your brain function and connecting with like-minded people in your community.

Australian Music Association CEO Rob Walker offers his top five reasons to learn a musical instrument.

ONE

Learning music from an early age should be a part of a well-rounded education in all children's lives.

Increasingly and over a long period research studies have shown that children who play an instrument, experience many benefits including better academic performance.

Music can connect to many other subject areas.

By making music, students can find natural connections to mathematics, science, reading, writing, and other arts.

TWO

Music allows the student to express themselves uniquely, motivating their learning and building self-confidence and the importance of teamwork.

Creating a school band or ensemble or encouraging participation in a chorus will allow students to work together towards a final goal such as performance.

It promotes bonding and positive socialising.

THREE

Playing a musical instrument relieves stress and to heal and improve the quality of life.

Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind and exercises the brain simultaneously.

FOUR

Taking up music at any age has great benefits, many as described above for school age children.

The health and social benefits are well documented, and making music can significantly affect well-being.

FIVE

It's fun! And it is a skill that will be yours for your lifetime.

There are community bands and programs that encourage adults to play with other people.

Music-making makes connections.

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