3 Reasons Why It’s Good to Become a Musician
Posted 2 years ago by Harmony Lanz
Reduce Stress With Music
Stress is a part of life and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. It affects kids, teens, and adults for almost all of our lives. Learning methods early in life to manage stress is important.
It can help us cope is essential if we hope to live a full and happy life. Music teaches us, at the very least, to rest, relax, and enjoy ourselves. To take it easy and let ourselves find calm and creates a space for us to be able to let go of whatever is bothering us.
The music world, whether we are listening or learning to play an instrument ourselves, offers this immeasurable and unlimited value to our lives. Learning an instrument is a way to express ourselves to the world around us; our feelings and frustrations.
It’s a creative outlet that we all need in order to not only survive, but also to thrive in our everyday lives. Letting music into our lives reduces stress and teaches us to take necessary breaks to recharge. This way, we can persevere in our lives through our challenges and come out happy and whole.
Helps Create a Mindfulness Practice
You may be asking yourself, “What is mindfulness and what does it have to do with learning music?”. Let’s start there. Mindfulness is a peaceful state of mind we can achieve by focusing our awareness on the present moment. Calmly acknowledging and accepting our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations is the first step. It’s often used as a therapeutic technique. One of the best places to benefit from implementing mindfulness techniques is music.
Learning an instrument helps to center ourselves and requires us to pay close attention to the moment we are in. We can focus directly on the sound and rhythm we are creating. Whether it’s our voice, a guitar, or piano, our focus is necessary to make the best of every note. Our mindset and ability to focus our attention is the most fundamental thing to get right in our musical training. That’s what mindfulness is all about.
Increases Memory Ability & Function
Learning an instrument actually increases brain power! Over the years, there has been some debate over whether or not listening or learning music really does impact the brains ability to function. Recently, after much research, it’s been confirmed!
Listening to music and producing it, enables and encourages improvement in cognitive function. Specifically, learning or listening to music can help us improve our math skills, comprehension, coordination, and improves our memory function.
Learning to play at a young age is a great way to get ahead of the game but learning at any age can produce these great benefits. There have been studies to show that learning an instrument in your senior years can significantly alter your brain’s ability to recall. This can help to stave off the effects of forgetfulness that sometimes comes with aging. Learning an instrument at any age produces a number of benefits to any musician!