How learning an instrument can boost success in school and life
As humans, music is a part of our everyday lives. We hear it everywhere- in the car, on TV, in advertisements, while shopping, at concerts and performances, etc. There is such a wide variety of musical styles to fit each unique individual. Music is often part of a person’s very identity. For musicians, this runs even deeper. Learning how to play a musical instrument provides a number of benefits, especially when the learning starts at a young age. Young students in school have a lot of stresses to overcome, whether that be managing social or testing anxiety, feeling that they belong, learning self-discipline, and establishing a strong sense of confidence and self esteem. Learning an instrument is no easy feat- there are countless hours put into practicing and perfecting each note, memorizing scores, and performances to showcase their hard work and talent. If you’ve been through this process, you know that it pays off, and that there are a lot of other useful things you’ll learn along the way besides the instrument itself!
How Playing Music Reduces Stress
According to an article featured WebMD Magazine, studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can actually combat stress by preventing cells from making the chemicals that are produced during a stress response, which happens each time our brain senses a threat in our environment. Students experience stress daily from the pressure to earn good grades, prepare and perform during academic tests, all while also dealing with other anxieties, like “fitting in”, making friends with their peers, and building positive self esteem. Playing music is a great way to naturally calm nerves and provides a nice escape from all of the unpleasant or stressful things that a student will inevitably deal with.
How Playing Music Develops Other Skills
Playing music is great self-care, but it has many other benefits as well! Learning how to play an instrument teaches students patience, self discipline, and creativity. It takes a lot of concentration, focus, and determination to learn how to read music and master technique. When a student is able to become successful at playing their instrument by consistent practice and persistence, they also carry that skill into the classroom and many other aspects of their life. They are able to manage their time efficiently, listen carefully, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes with turning hard work into great results. Once they have learned enough with their instrument to be able to play publically and perform, students have a positive outlet to express themselves creatively, which can lead to a solid foundation of confidence and healthy self esteem. Students that participate in band will also develop strong teamwork skills, and will enjoy a community of friends who have common interests.
No matter what age you start learning how to play an instrument, if I is something you love to do it is sure to bring you joy and improve your quality of life in many different areas. And if your instrument breaks or needs repairs….bring it over to us at Nashville Band Room Repair and we’ll keep you playing!
Written by Laura Whitlock