1) Sharpens Memory
By simply playing an instrument and practicing reading music over and over, students can begin to develop a new form of muscle memory that retains both sound and rhythm. When developing ones personal expression and artistic development through music, students tend to not notice how rapidly both their physical and muscle memory is growing. This can be further developed through listening exercises, or something as simple as listening to ones favourite artists. Subconsciously, a musician’s musical memory develops and eventually takes over the conscious musician which makes playing music something passive and active. Results of sharpening ones memory can happen within a students very first private lesson through playing and repetitive learning.
2) Refines Organizational Skills
Starting to prepare for each lesson in order to prepare for an examination or a performance will make a huge impact on an individual’s playing. Learning to organize and balance a schedule that consists of practice routines and performance preparation will initiate the refining of organizational skills. The simple act of maintaining this lifestyle will develop ones ability to organize themselves.
3) Teaches Discipline
As stated earlier, by focusing on and maintaining a practice schedule, you are learning self-discipline and organization. If a student needs a teacher, parent, or colleague to tell them to practice, they are not learning the self discipline that is necessary to become a full-time musician. Students will benefit most from their studies in self-discipline upon realizing that they have made a development during their learning process. This realization can be something as simple as being able to sight-read a brand new piece of music that they were unable to before, or as complex as mastering and memorizing a whole bunch of songs.
4) Promotes Social Skills
As early as 3 years old, children begin to develop minor social skills to deal with and be involved in the world around them. By offering musical programs to children around this age, further development of their social skills can occur. In a classroom where students interact with other students and their teacher surrounded by a broad general topic of music, children can begin to learn and discuss basic instruments like the piano or drums. Creating a social community through music, such as bands, is another great way of developing social skills.
5) Enhances Coordination
The art of playing an instrument takes significant hand-eye coordination. Whether it be on piano, guitar, drums, or even voice, a significant amount of time and patience is necessary in the development of coordination with an instrument. By learning and developing how to multi-task, your brain subconsciously retains these techniques allowing them to be at your disposal for life.
6) Advances Mathematical Ability
Reading music requires counting notes and rhythms which assists in further developing mathematical ability. Similarly, learning musical theory will also expand mathematical knowledge as numbers are used to describe and understand advanced musical theory.
7) Improves Reading and Comprehension Skills
Music involves constant reading and comprehension. When looking at/reading notes and rhythms, musicians have to recognize what those notes mean, where the notes are on their respective instruments, and how and in what way to play those notes. To comprehend, musical theory supports why certain notes are chosen to be part of a song.
8) Exposes You to Cultural History
The art of music, instrumentation, and theory have been around since the 1st century. By playing an instrument, you are becoming a part of history and taking part in one of the oldest art forms. Music tends to reflect the environment and time of its creation. Therefore, you can learn a variety of musical genres that all derive from their respective country or cultures’ origins.
9) Fosters Self Expression
It is your instrument, so you can play whatever you want it! Furthermore, the more you practice and advance on it, the broader your musical expression can become. The same way a painter can express themselves and their emotions through art, so can a musician express themselves and their emotion through their instrument and music.
10) Increases Self Confidence
Overcoming musical challenges that you thought you’d never quite master can give you a great sense of achievement and self-confidence. When you first start out learning to play an instrument, it appears tough. As your skills develop on that instrument, so should your confidence in playing it. This increase in self-confidence can flourish outside of learning your instrument as well (i.e., social scenarios).