Do music lessons make you smarter?
There are many brain studies out there proving that people who have taken music lessons long enough to become even moderately proficient on their instrument are smarter. However, you don’t need to be a neurosurgeon to understand that increased brain capacity is only one of the benefits. (Click here to read research article.)
If you really want to know how music lessons will help your child become happier, more successful adult… just talk to a musician. He or she will be glad to will tell you that it takes more than talent to learn how to play an instrument:
- It takes hours, and days and years.
- It takes consistent and diligent practice.
- It takes patience.
- It takes commitment.
- It takes repetition.
- It takes concentration.
- It takes sacrifice of both time and money.
- It takes a listening, sensitive ear.
- It takes coordination.
- It requires the ability to focus for long periods of time.
- It requires a sensitive heart.
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the point. Along with the life skills we develop when we learn to play an instrument, the music itself can have a powerful affect on our moods, our motivation and our happiness… whether we are the musician or the listener. Even a simple melody played by a beginning student can feed the soul, warm the heart, improve the mood and make this world a much better place to live.
– Melody Baker MT-BC, B.M.
Music Teacher, Music Therapist, Private Tutor