17 May Why Should I Take Music Lessons?
Music is an incredibly powerful tool. Universally loved, music comes in so many genres and can encapsulate so many different emotions, it’s understandable why so many people wish to be musically talented. However, music isn’t as simple as being naturally talented; you also have to be willing to work hard and learn. If you are interested in mastering a musical instrument, whether it is violin, piano, guitar, or your own voice, come into Expression City today. We have many different instructors who are ready and willing to teach you the music skills you need. If you still need some convincing, here are some reasons why taking music lessons is a good idea at any age.
Enhances Verbal, Visual, and Communication Skills
Research has shown that learning music is beneficial to children’s brain development, helping advance verbal, visual, and communication skills. One study of four to six year olds gave participants one month of music education that included melody, pitch, voice, rhythm, and basic concepts. At the end of the study, it was shown that they had improved understanding of words and their meaning. Another study of eight to 11 year olds discovered that students who took music classes as an extracurricular developed higher verbal IQs and had better visual ability. There is evidence that even children as young as one year old can benefit from music lessons in the form of better communication skills, more smiling, and more sophisticated brain responses to the sound of music.
Keeps the Brain Healthy
Recent studies have shown that music lessons, as well as listening to and playing music, help the aging brain stay healthy. Music acts a “workout” for the brain, which results in better mental sharpness and memory over time. Research shows that even people who experience brain damage are able to recover some or all memory from listening to music, which draws old memories back and reflects previous neurological patterns because music stays in the mind for a long time.
Makes You Happier
If you have ever listened to an uplifting song or blasted your favorite artist’s album on your commute home, you know that music has the power to improve your mood. Listening to music triggers your brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel emotions such as joy and excitement. One study found that listening to music in a major key with a quick tempo made people happier.
Improves Heart Health
You probably know that music is good for the soul, but did you know it is also good for the heart? Research shows that music is good for heart health, even speeding the recovery process of people with heart disease. Listening to your favorite music is good for your heart health because it helps ease stress by releasing endorphins and lowering your blood pressure.
Betters Sleep Quality
Sleep is often disrupted by anxiety and stress, due to elevated heart rates. Because music can ease anxiety and slow heart rate, music has been used to improve sleep quality with positive results. Studies have shown that music improves sleep patterns and makes for more restful sleep. This means that music could be potentially be used to treat insomnia or other sleep disorders. If you struggle to sleep, you could practice your new instrument before bed, or listen to your favorite relaxing album.
At Expression City, we offer a wide variety of music lessons, including guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, and more. Whether you are interested in group music lessons or private music lessons, we offer talented and knowledgeable instructors who can help you master the instrument of your choice. See our schedule here today!