Why Take Music Lessons?
“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.”
- Albert Einstein (on how he arrived at the theory of relativity)
Learning to play a musical instrument and understanding the theory behind music has many benefits. It is easy to see the benefits of being able to entertain friends or compose an original piece. And there are wonderful by-products such as an increase in disipline, focus, and dedication.
But there are some less obvious benefits that researchers continue to uncover. Recent studies suggest that playing and listening to music at a young age improves learning, memory, reasoning ability, and general creativity. Research also supports the theory that young children who are exposed to music develop enhanced cognitive skills.
And that's not all. The influences of music go far beyond the intellectual and physical development of the child. Studying music contributes to the growth of a well-balanced child in sensitivity, expressiveness, and the spirit essential for functioning in a complicated world.
These benefits are not only for children. Adults who study music report that they have better memory and focus and that playing music helps to relieve stress. Additionally, studies show that music can help ward off the effects of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and depression.
It's hard to argue against the evidence that music has a profound effect on wiring our brain. It seems the more it is researched, the more positive effects are discovered. When weighed against the other activities we can invest our time in, studying music may well pay the largest dividend.
So why take music lessons? For a better brain!