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The Benefits of Playing an Instrument

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Listening to music is a part of our everyday lives, and has been proven to boost morale, improve concentration, provide encouragement, and improve perseverance. 

How much more do we benefit from being a part of creating that music by playing an instrument? 

Playing any instrument and learning about music has shown wonderful results, especially on younger children and teenagers. For children wanting to strengthen their abstract reasoning skills, learning an instrument has been proven to be more effective than being taught computer science or complicated mathematics. 

For both children and adults, music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, increase productivity, build confidence, and develop creativity. Playing a musical instrument release brain-building compounds neural growth factors which make you happier, smarter, stronger, and better at doing everyday activities. Music has been shown to increase comprehension, improve coordination, and increase memory capacity. 

Playing an instrument has also been shown to help greatly in social situations, for example, work environments, friendships, and even romantic relationships. The training that the mind goes through while learning musical skills is the same training that it would go through when learning verbal, cooperation, listening, management, concentration, and organization skills. These are all essential components of relationships. Music also helps to ease self-expression and to break out of inhibiting barriers. Many musicians become team leaders in life, with more confidence, and less inhibitions. 

I would recommend that everyone pick up and learn to play an instrument as it benefits a person, emotionally, socially, and academically. Have fun! 

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