The Red & Black

Why You Should Learn an Instrument


Many research studies found a correlation between musical training and academic success, both in children and adults.

This is likely because playing an instrument exercises your memory and reasoning skills, two things needed both in music and in math and science.

Playing has also been found to enhance verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literary skills.

It can also sharpen up your time management and discipline. Don’t believe me? Take it from Albert Einstein himself, who said that “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me.

I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music... I get most joy in life out of music.”

If you’re looking to up your brain power for next year, taking up an instrument will help you loads.

Playing an instrument is also a fantastic way to socialize and find a circle of friends with similar interests, and this one I can back up with personal experience.

As a piccolo player in WHS’s marching band, I’ve seen and experienced how being part of a group of musicians really brings people together.

We really all have a great time together, no matter the circumstances. Some of my best memories are playing at concerts and football games and marching down the streets with my best friends.

I also joined a philharmonic orchestra earlier this year, and despite normally being a bit shy with strangers, me and my trusty bassoon helped me break out of my shell and talk to different people from all around.

If you want the more formal explanation of it, playing an instrument with a band or orchestra teaches you the values in communication and teamwork, life skills that we definitely need later on in life.

But if you’re not looking to do anything professional, you’d still benefit a ton from learning a musical instrument.

Playing music is super soothing. I’ve found myself noodling around on my piano for hours if I’m stressed about something, and it really affects me greatly.

It can also give you a sense of pride and achievement, from yourself and others around you.

Been practicing a hard spot in your music and finally nailed it? Amazing! Just learned how to play twinkle twinkle little star on the piano?

You’re doing great! Something about playing an instrument just gives you that euphoria of pride, which in turn boosts your self confidence.

So, you think you’re not busy this summer? Try it out then! You’ll only benefit from your decision.

Whether you try something like flute, trumpet, or saxophone, or something a bit simpler like piano or guitar, you’ll feel everything I talked about above.

Not convinced? Alright, then I’ll just tell you that learning an instrument is just a ton of fun. So I hope you try it out, and who knows, maybe you’ll have fun too!