What Will Music Lessons Do for Me?
The gift of music has been passed down from generation to generation. Learning how to play a musical instrument has both intrinsic and extrinsic value. Unlike many other activities, music can (in many ways) tap into all five of our senses, while at the same time connect to our emotional and physiological parts. In this post, we hope to help explain some of the reasons why music lessons are so powerful and important.
We all connect with music on many levels. Even if you have never picked up an instrument, you can still have connections with others via music; however these connections are not the same you make with others that play an instrument. Throughout your music journey, you will end up meeting people and increase your social network, but there is more to it. The life long bonds with other musicians is incredibly strong and long lasting, even if the only thing you have in common is music. The world is full of new friends for you, the only thing you have to do is pick up an instrument and start learning how to play it. Who knows, maybe one of your closest friends will end up being the person that actually teaches you how to play that instrument. I know for me, this was true for so many of my music instructors.
For some people, music is just a fun activity to do in their free time. For others, their fun consists of playing shows across the country with their band. It doesn’t matter where you will be playing your instrument, you are guaranteed some fun in the process. The actual fun of playing the instrument is obvious, but many people don’t realize all of the experiences that you have that are connected to playing an instrument. The shows you might play, the places you might travel to due to music, even going to the music store and chatting it up with the shop manager about your next dream instrument. Some of the funnest times I’ve had are thanks to music and my ability to play an instrument.
Music might just become one of your favorite hobbies that you do on your own or with a few buddies on the weekends as a side project. Not everyone gets to do music as a career, but the truth is, not everyone plays music with the goal of making it a career and that’s totally ok. In fact, the majority of people playing music do it as a hobby because that’s the beauty of learning to play a musical instrument. There are no expectations to make music the start and stop of your day and the only thing you think about all the time. The music community is one that welcomes all levels and appreciates anyone that is involved in music no matter their level or skill set.
Even as a full-time musician, I would still lean on music to relax or destress me after a long day or stressful week. The truth is, in many ways and on many occasions, there was never a better remedy than music. After a relaxing session of playing my instrument, I would walk away from my instrument feeling happy and calm. I would leave feeling like I became a better musician with a clearer mind and no longer stressed. To this day, I lean on music as my healthy outlet during stressful times. Who knows, maybe it will be one of your favorite way to shut off the craziness of life and just play.
Since the beginning of time, our ability to express ourselves through art has been the recipe for creating some of the most beautiful pieces of music. Your ability to play an instrument might be the key to you expressing yourself, and in the process, create some epic music to share with friends and family. If you are lucky, maybe that group of friends and family will end up being more than just a few people and you will create something that is larger and more impactful than you even expected.
If you are one of the lucky ones, you could end up developing your musical skills and turn that into an unforgettable career. The reason why I say “one of the lucky ones” is because you would be doing something that you really love as a career. Many dream of having a career doing something they love and traveling the world playing music, but who is to say that can’t be you? That’s the beauty of it, you are in charge of that destiny. What is stopping you is usually just yourself. Maybe your music career will be one that is used to impact people, and the world they live in.
Throughout history musicians and artists have been there to help us through the good times and the bad times, the low times and the high times. At the end of the day music is in and around all of us. The only question left is will you take a chance and see what will learning to play a music instrument do for you?