Volume magazine

Learn. Play. Perform.

Music is not only a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. According to NAMM, The International Music Products Association, 82% of people they have polled who do not currently play an instrument wish they had learned to play one. At age 5 or age 85, everyone can benefit socially, mentally and physically from playing an instrument, and here are 8 ways you can benefit.

1. Making
music is beneficial to people of all ages. It positively affects children in their development of cognitive skills; teens by building confidence and connecting them socially; adults through reducing stress; and seniors by “exercising” the brain.

2. Strumming the
guitar or playing the piano is not only cool, but it also creates social connections and inspires creativity and increases productivity.

3. Music is fun and provides entertainment and enjoyment, but not all know that music making has been scientifically proven to fight memory loss and reduce stress.

4. Playing music and even listening to music can lower blood pressure and stave off depression.

5. Playing music can enhance cognitive development in children and build confidence.

6. Students who were exposed to the music-based lessons scored a full 100 percent higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.

7. Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). – Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle

8. Perhaps the basic reason that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures that make up American life – indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The importance of music to our economy is without doubt. And the value of music in shaping individual abilities and character are evident. – MENC

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