Music has always played a major role within human race. It is a strong reflection of our origins and history, and a powerful tool to express and inspire emotions, to connect with others.

1. Playing a Musical Instrument can increase your intelligence

There are lots of studies showing a direct link between academic accomplishments and playing an instrument. Learning a musical instrument stimulates and strengthens certain sensors of the brain. In more detail, music training is believed to be far superior to computer instruction and enhances abstract reasoning skills ,which are necessary for maths and science. It also helps improve language and even motor skills such as hand and arm movement and co-ordination.

2. Playing music relieves stress

Just like most activities you enjoy, playing an instrument is also known to relieve stress. It takes your mind off everyday worries and lets you drift off in the world of your own, while also benefiting the quality of your life as you learn a new skill. A huge plus is that playing music enhances your self-awareness and sense of accomplishment, thus making you feel more positive and uplifted.

3. You can build your confidence through playing music

The awareness that you have mastered a new skill, learned that song you always loved or generally made a noise that people find pleasant is always a great confidence boost. Learning to play a musical instrument develops your sense of achievement. You will always be performing in front of someone, whether it is your teacher, family or an audience at a competition or concert, which helps to overcome stage fright.

4. Playing an instrument improves your social life

When you are playing an instrument you automatically have more opportunities to meet exciting and interesting people that share the same interests as you. It can be through things like school orchestra, different musical events, by joining a local band or music workshop, or, simply, joining in for a jam with other musicians.  You have more ways of meeting people with similar interests and this expands your social circle.

5. Learning to play will develop your own creativity

Not only in music. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the creative sensors in your brain and makes your mind open up towards new ideas. Not to mention, how well music always helps you express your emotions! You suddenly have discovered another world of self expression that can prompt you to be more confident of your skills in different areas of your life by creating new, exciting ideas and solutions.

6. Studying music develops your listening skills

You will have more knowledge and possibly a different perception of music you hear than people that have not received musical education. You will know and learn to recognise chord structures, tonalities, pitch, scales and many other techniques that other people will not notice. You will be able to judge and appreciate the music you hear more thoroughly.

7. Learning a piece of music enhances your memory

Learning to play an instrument will keep your mind alert and sharp at all times. It makes you concentrate and, sometimes, you will also be required to learn a piece of music off by heart. This trains your memory no matter whether you best remember visual things (sheet music, keys, frets etc), physical things (e.g. the way your hands are positioned as you play) or aural things (the way the piece of music is meant to sound, how each note is pitched etc) – playing a musical instrument incorporates it all.

8. Learning an instrument teaches discipline and responsibility

Learning to play basically teaches you that the amount of effort you put into your practices will reflect in the way you play. You reap what you sow. Mastering a new skill always takes time and effort and this develops your sense of discipline as you always need to make time to practice and do your best when learning an instrument. You also have to make sure your instrument is in mint condition at all times as this will affect the sound and tone, therefore, it develops a big sense of responsibility. This will reflect in other areas in your life, such as, you may become more organised at work or studies.

9. Music exposes you to cultural history

Music reflects different eras of our past and variety of musical genres have developed from a certain time and situation in the world or specific series of events. Learning to play an instrument can help you discover amazing facts about history and the different influences in various genres. It helps you to better understand origins of different genres of music.

10. Playing Music is fun!

All the health and mental benefits of playing an instrument aside, you should learn to play because it’s something YOU enjoy doing! Find the instrument(s) you like the sound of and get creative! Being able to create music is always fun and exciting and you have so many things to try experiment with at your fingertips. You will possess a skill that many people wish they had. And that is a real gift in itself.