Updated: Jan 25, 2020
Learning music is an investment in yourself or your child.
While this may seem like an odd choice of words, let me explain:
When you invest the time and effort into developing a new complex skill, like learning music, your brain reaps all kinds of benefits, affecting you for a lifetime.
To name just a few benefits, studies have shown that music improves:
...and even Intelligence!
Yes, that's right... learning an instrument can literally make you smarter. This doesn't just apply to children, adults can reap these benefits as well.
Learning an instrument increases gray matter in the brain - meaning, your brain can process information faster. Not to mention, students who study music tend to score higher on tests than their non-musical peers.
But the benefits don't stop there.
Learning music also fosters life skills including:
- Problem solving skills
- Time management
- Appreciation for Music and the Arts
- Developing friends and being a part of a community
Let's face it, most of what we do in life is a learned skill.
Developing self-discipline, focus, and time management are all skills. And learning to play an instrument helps develop these life skills.
Watch this great TED-Ed video about why learning music is so good for your brain:
Not in lessons? What are you waiting for?
Taking lessons allows you the support you can't get learning on your own or from an online course or youtube channel.
Half the battle is knowing what you should focus on week to week, knowing if you're using the right technique, and having your problems solved every week.
Lessons not only allow you to ask specific questions, but your teacher will guide, support, and motivate you along the way, crafting a lesson plan specific to your musical goals and dreams.
Explore lessons at Highlands Music Academy: www.highlandsmusicacademy.com/lessons
Make practice easier by making it a part of your routine. Pair it with something you do everyday.
For example, make it a habit that every evening after dinner, you'll go sit down at the piano, or open your guitar case and get your instrument out.
Once you get started, it's easy to keep going. It's a small but powerful action that will help you form the habit of practicing. And more important than anyth