Why You Should Learn to Play an Instrument

The instrument begets complex music. This music and your learning the instrument augments your brain functioning. Because of heightened brain functioning, you reach your highest potential. So, what are the consequences of learning an instrument? Thus far, not many. Learning an instrument now seems to hold only benefits. Since learning to play one does have benefits, what are the benefits and how does it affect you?

The Mozart Effect

If you learn a classical instrument, you will likely come to play Mozart. Then you will undergo the Mozart Effect, the short-timed boost in temporal-spatial reasoning. Despite this boost, a boost in general intelligence does not accompany it. Before continuing, spatial reasoning is the intellectual process of solving problems and drawing conclusions from the mind's visual images. Not all studies have observed that boost, but most studies on it have.The music's more astounding effect is on the person with epilepsy. A study found that the music had decreased an epileptic child's seizure frequency per four hours from nine to one. Also, the music's complexity may cause the result, so repetitive (simple) music has no effect. Although it is the Mozart Effect, it results from listening to any complex classical music, such as Johann Sebastian Bach's. Altogether, the effect may be more scientific than educational. But still, you can benefit from listening to the music you learned to play.

Learning an Instrument Improves Your Math Skills

At Hoover Elementary Susan Corey initiated a program teaching 67 kids math on a music-based curriculum. On their final test, the children scored 40% higher than average students. Therefore, learning an instrument improves your math skills. Other studies also back this claim.

It Helps You Read

During summer children either lose their grasp on things learned or keep the same understanding of them. On average, the latter comes about in the best scenario. On the other hand, the former is likely to occur to poor children. In this case, the loss is usually of three whole months of learning, or one semester. So, starting in school at five and ending at 18, a poor child loses 36 to 39 months of learning. Here, reading and spelling skills diminish greatly. Although they raise bills, summer programs can solve the learning loss. But beginning on an instrument costs a one-time fee and nothing more while providing the same or greater boons.Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University started many poor children on instrument learning. In turn, the children, of similar IQ and academic position, did not undergo summer learning losses. Thus, saying instrument-learning alone caused this may not be true, but clearly instrument-learning did influence it.

It Sharpens Concentration & Disciplines You

Learning new skills requires strict attention and rigorous practice. Thus, you will naturally have to concentrate more on the skill to become better at it. Not only will you have to concentrate hard on it, but you will also have to do so for great lengths of time. Eventually, you develop a sense of discipline. If you thrust yourself into learning without dedication, you will not develop discipline or sharpen your concentration. So, these benefits come only with dedication. But, in relation to sharpening concentration, detecting error becomes easier, despite any amount of dedication.In opposition, instrument-learning may do nothing. Some say it smartens you, but those who choose to learn instruments may naturally be smarter. Maybe learning an instrument only teaches you to play that instrument. And nothing else. Or, its benefits can differ greatly by person. And it's for you to find whether instrument-learning truly benefits you.