January 28, 2018

It’s the new year and your looking to try out something new, you’re looking for a new challenge, or maybe you just want to better your mind. Well, learning a musical instrument could be that challenge for you!

The benefits of playing a musical instrument are incredible; relieving stress, cognitive growth, enhancement in coordination and much more! If you are trying to better yourself for 2018 and need a new goal for the year, come out to Evolution Music and sign up for a free lesson to see if playing an instrument would be that challenge.

Whether you are taking lessons for yourself or getting them for your child the advantages of taking music lessons are amazing!  The benefits range from basic aspects such as exposure to cultural history and improved social interaction all the way to significant improvements in reading and comprehension skills. By playing music you will be learning and listening to different styles of music and because of this you will become more aware of the diverse types of cultures that have helped shape music.  By traveling and playing shows, you are forced to meet new people and this can be nervous and exciting at first. For me, I have met some of my best friends because of the experiences I made playing in a band.  

For children, taking music lessons and playing in a full band has tremendous benefits. Learning to read music is similar to learning a new language, you have to read symbols and letters and then translate that to a beautiful tune. Children that grow up playing a musical instrument often do better in school in other subjects not relating to music. As stated by a study in the journalPsychology of Music, “children exposed to a multi-year program of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers, according to a new study.”

In general playing a musical instrument enhances your coordination. Whether you are playing guitar, drums or piano by using at least both hands you are forced to learn how to coordinate all of your muscles to do similar patterns simultaneously. For example, when learning how to play the drums you are taking a major leap in advancing your coordination. When just beginning you start by playing a steady beat with your dominant hand on a cymbal. Then you add in your left hand (usually left hand is not the dominant hand) on the “off” beats, counts 2 & 4, this helps create a rhythm and pulse so that other musicians can play with you. But by just using your two hands you are already practicing your coordination, a skill that is very important. Then you can add in your two feet to add to the music and help push the song into different directions. Add the kick on 1 & 3 to give the song a bigger impact and tap your left foot on the hi-hat pedal to help keep the band in time. Now you are using your hands and feet all simultaneously to create a beat.

If you want to work on some new skills try learning a new instrument for the year!