March 3, 2017
Andy in Health

Not Mozart? No Worries! 10 Ways Playing an Instrument is Good for You

There are some people who have the potential to be the next Mozart, and then there are others who have no chance at all. But it doesn’t matter if you’re a prodigy or if you have no talent at all, anyone and everyone can benefit from playing a musical instrument.

#1—Self-confidence

No matter how well you play, deciding to play an instrument, and play in front of others takes a lot of courage. The more you practice, the better you become. This can help improve your sense of achievement and boost your self-esteem.


#2—Concentration

If you want to play an instrument alone, you need to concentrate on many aspects, such as the notes and your movements. When you play with others, you also have to concentrate on the music and how others are playing. This type of awareness can help improve your overall concentration over time.


#3—Memory

Because music requires verbal memory, playing an instrument can help to train this part of your brain. This in turn helps you to learn and retain other things even better, especially auditory information.

Board with music notes

#4—Coordination

Playing an instrument is not all about being able to feel the music, you also have to be able to translate those feelings into your fingers, hands, and feet. This requires the connection between your brain and your body to be on top form, meaning that playing an instrument can improve your coordination.

#5—Math Skills

Believe it or not, music will help you to improve your math skills. Learning to read music, understand the notes, and play them can help you learn various mathematical concepts.


#6—Express Yourself

Playing music is like speaking another language. If you practice enough and develop your skills, you can express whatever you are thinking or feeling through the music.

Girl with guitar

#7—Health

If you play an instrument, odds are that you have lower blood pressure and that you suffer from less attention deficit, insomnia, and depression. Research has shown that playing an instrument has many health benefits. It can even be good exercise! Playing the drums burns a little over 300 calories an hour. Who knew? An added benefit if you play certain instruments is that you have to learn how to breathe for that specific instrument—this can improve the strength of your lungs.


#8—Patience & Responsibility

For many people taking up an instrument is serious business. It takes a lot of practice and patience to learn how to play an instrument well and then to perform a piece of music. Most people don’t get it perfect the first time. They have to try again and again and create a schedule for themselves. This whole process requires a great deal of responsibility and patience.


#9—Stress Relief

Channeling your creativity, emotion, and energy into a soothing violin piece or killing it on the drums both help relieve built-up stress. Playing an instrument can even release endorphins, which help reduce the effects of stress on your body.

Woman playing ukulele

#10—Fun

Even if you don’t know how to play well, simple songs or playing along as best you can to other songs can be great fun. Just think, we’ve all busted out a little air guitar or air drums at some point or another and that’s not even playing the real thing. Just admit it. You’ve done it (so have we) and it was fun!


Now there’s no excuse. Look at all the reasons you have to pick up an instrument and start playing. No matter how good you are, your life will change for the better. If the price of musical instruments is holding you make, make sure to check out our hobbies coupons to see if you could save yourself some cash.