What’s the best way to relieve stress, spark creativity, and improve mental health as an adult? You guessed it- learn a musical instrument! Read on for five ways learning a new musical skill will improve YOUR quality of life:
1. Lifelong Learning:
Taking music lessons as an adult promotes lifelong learning. As a matter of fact, taking music lessons in your 60s- or older- can boost your brain’s health as well, helping to decrease memory loss and cognitive functioning. https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-blog/2017/january/playing-an-instrument-better-for-your-brain-than-just-listening
2. Stress Relief and Mental Health:
Music can be a powerful tool for stress relief and improving mental well-being. Researchers at Stanford University have said that "listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication." Imagine that- better brain function without a prescription!
3. Creativity and Self-Expression:
Music lessons allow adults to tap into their creativity and express themselves well into middle age. Prior to starting a career in music, Willie Nelson served in the U.S. Air Force and worked various jobs, including being a bouncer. He made his first album at the age of 23, but it wasn’t until Nelson was 42 that he released Red Headed Stranger, which brought him success. Thus, it is never too late to pick up the instrument you dream of.
4. Social Connection:
Joining a band, or a choir, or even just receiving instruction one-on-one forms bonds and social connections that can’t be forged online or via text. By joining an ensemble, you are joining a community of musicians. You make friends, share the joy of making music together, and peer-teach each other. Within an ensemble, students make friends with like-minded musicians and forge deep, long-lasting relationships. https://scots.college/six-benefits-of-performing-in-musical-ensembles 5. Achievement and Personal Fulfillment:
Setting musical goals and achieving them can bring a sense of personal fulfillment. Each time you master a chord or scale, you gain confidence, self-esteem, and a knowledge that you CAN do hard things.
In conclusion, it is never too late to begin to learn something new, especially when it comes to music. Are you ready to take that first musical step? Text or call us today at (916) 664-2516 and let us help you get started!