When most people think of music lessons, they picture kids on the receiving end of the lessons. But, if you're an adult, this might be the best time for you to take up a new hobby. Why? Here are 4 great reasons anyone can get behind.
Exercise Your Brain
Keeping your brain engaged and alert is especially important as you age. And music is one of the best ways to do just that, since it provides stimulation for multiple parts of the brain in one activity.
A 2013 neuroscience study found, for example, that learning music helps improve creativity, cognition, and learning. As a multisensory and motor experience, it may even help increase attention and working memory.
Busy adults are always on the lookout for new and better ways to relax and tune out the world. Music lessons and practicing requires attention and focus, but it's a great way to disengage from outside stressors. You can put your phone away and you won't have the internet trying to distract you while you're alone with your piano, guitar, or violin.
Since music is generally considered relaxing by most humans, you may even find that you can use music for something akin to "mindful meditation"--a popular trend for adults today. Whether you simply enjoy the sounds of the rhythms or you love the intense work of learning more difficult songs, your brain will be better able to stay focused on one thing.
For older adults, many musical instruments may even help maintain or improve physical health. Piano lessons, for example, facilitate constant movement in joints--both hand and foot--that can provide a workout for your joints. Other instruments, like the drum or brass instruments, also help you keep in motion as you play them.
Beyond the benefits of the instruments, the act of taking lessons and interacting with the musical community may also encourage you to get out more and engage in new experiences. You'll have the challenge of learning new pieces and different genres. And as you appreciate music more, you may find yourself interested in new musical experiences like live performances, other music-based art, or even performing for others yourself.
No matter which reason moves you the most, learning to play (or re-learning to play) a new musical instrument is sure to be a rewarding addition to your busy schedule. And not only will you feel better, but you'll have a new talent to show off to your friends and family.