As adults, we often look back with regret at the things we could’ve done, but didn’t. For many, music lessons top the list of those “should haves.” I have talked to many, many adults who lament the fact that they gave up music lessons as a child. These conversations usually take place after hearing an especially moving piece of music played by a talented musician. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late! You can still become a competent musician even if you didn’t pick up your instrument at age three. Here are six reasons why you should:
- Joy of Playing—The number one reason anyone should learn an instrument is because it’s fun! Music brings a special kind of enjoyment to your life that can’t be acquired any other way. My personal belief is that music is the language of the soul, and it allows us to express emotions in healthy ways.
- Reduced Stress—It’s a scientifically proven fact that music reduces stress. It doesn’t matter what kind of music—classical, jazz, pop—whatever you enjoy. The point is that you’re engaging with the music and letting it wash away the cares of the day. And studies also show that these benefits are even greater for those participating in the music than they are for those who listen only.
- Social Connection—Not into knitting? Music lessons give you the opportunity to connect with other people of similar interests. Take a group beginner’s class, join a local band or orchestra, or simply get to know the other adult students who take lessons from your teacher.
- Connection With Your Children—If your kids take music lessons, you can connect with them in a unique way by learning an instrument yourself. Not only will your effort and discipline be a great example to them, but down the road as you both progress in skill, you’ll be able to enjoy playing together at family gatherings and other venues.
- Mental Acuity—Alzheimer’s, beware! People who play musical instruments retain sharper brain function in their golden years and can actually increase their IQ. Studying music ranks right up there with crossword puzzles as one of the best ways to stave off degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Reduction in Hearing Loss—Music lessons keep your neural timing sharp, which is a fancy way of saying it helps you decode specific sounds. The same ability that enables you to hear all those different notes and textures also enables you to pick out voices in a crowd.
Taking music lessons as an adult is a great way to stay sharp, reduce stress, and take joy in living. Don’t waste anymore time lamenting your lack of ability. Now is the best time to get started!
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