Playing music is an end in itself, regardless of the level of ability attained. The joy of playing music, whether performing, playing with others or just playing for yourself is so uplifting – it calls to the part of us that needs to express emotion.
There is joy too, in the work of figuring out a new piece, or refining your technique, that gives us the satisfaction of meeting a challenge.
As if that wasn’t enough of a reason to encourage us all to take up an instrument, here is a 5 minute Ted Ed video on how learning an instrument benefits our brains.
“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout, it engages practically every area of the brain. Disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions, allowing us to apply that strength to other activities.”
“Music has been found to increase the volume and activity of the corpus callosum, the bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing messages to get across the brain faster, and through more diverse routes.”
“Musicians often have higher levels of “executive functions”, a category of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to detail, and requires simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects.”
“Musicians exhibit enhanced memory function.”
Click here to watch the video: Ted Ed – How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain