Music is a large part of human life as well as history – with each culture having its own unique music as well as instruments and each branch of music evolving through time to today’s interconnected world where they can be enjoyed by anyone. Almost everyone listens to music, and creating music is one of the most popular past times of humanity. It is done as a hobby, for entertainment, as an outlet for creative energy and emotions etc. Creating music is an interesting endeavour and to do so, the knowledge of music instruments as well as music theory is required. Music theory refers to the underlying principles by which melodies, beats and therefore music is made whereas knowledge of instruments, generally acquired at stores such as Melbourne music shop, allow a musician to put their knowledge of music theory into practice and create music. If you don’t already know how to play a musical instrument, this article will describe several reasons why you should learn.
Playing a musical instrument is known to relive stress. It has a unique effect on our emotions and bodies that even listening to music is stress relieving. Creating music or playing musical instruments allow us to direct our stress to a more constructive outlet and relax. It also satisfies the human need to connect with others by allowing the musician to connect with their listeners through their music.
Improve cognitive ability
Playing a musical instrument is both mentally and physically (depending on the instrument) challenging. Therefore, it develops skills such as memory and cognitive function as we continue to practice. This is especially important in children where learning a musical instrument at an early age has been found to improve the child’s learning ability and memory, and lead to better performance in academic aspects of their studies compared to children who did not learn a musical instrument. Music training is considered to be important for enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, which are required for learning mathematics and scientific subjects.
Creativity and Discipline
The creation of music is primarily a creative endeavour and playing musical instruments fosters creativity and allow us to escape the thinking patterns we fall into during our stressful lives while creating music. It also fosters discipline as successfully learning to play a musical instrument requires regular practice and dedication to the craft. The discipline and persistence learned when learning to play an instrument is valuable for life.
Fun and Entertainment
The reason for music instruments and creating music in general are so popular is that it is, ultimately, entertaining. It brings joy and lifts our spirits and improves life in general for everyone involved. While learning a musical instrument can be done alone, it is often done in groups, which provides opportunity for social interaction among peers who are also learning music. This also allows opportunities for performing in organised groups such as orchestras and brands which is a rewarding experience.