Why Learning to Play Music Should Be Your New Years Resolution

Happy New Year! With 2018 falling farther and farther behind us with each passing day, if you haven’t fully embraced the new year yet, what are you waiting for?

The new year brings with it new opportunities around every corner, new chances to accomplish goals from last year, and a chance to try out new hobbies. It’s a unique occasion for growth and self-care with the time-honoured tradition of New Years Resolutions!

For many people, this week is all about starting their new workout routine, or trying out a new diet, perhaps even making a push for that promotion they feel is their’s for the taking. While each of these are fantastic goals (and we wish you luck if you have chosen any of them), we would actually like to offer a suggestion to anyone still thinking about their resolutions: music lessons.

Not sure if learning to play music is right for you? Read on to learn why we think music lessons should be at the top of your list of resolutions this year!

How it Makes You Feel

If you’ve never had the opportunity to play a musical instrument before, just think back to any beautiful piece you’ve listened to in the past. The music grabbed your attention, and held you enthralled by some unseen force that you can’t leave behind you, even after the performance is long over. Now just imagine being the one creating that force with the harmony, serenity, and beauty of music.

Stress Relief

One of the most powerful aspect of music that you’re probably aware of, even if you’ve never played an instrument before, is its natural ability to relax both the body and the mind at the same time. A sense of satisfaction can come from accomplishing something and learning to play an instrument is an accomplishment at any age. The simple act of practicing your instrument, even just scales, can hep melt away the stresses of the day. Group lessons also offer more opportunity for a fun and relaxing activity with new friends with similar interests.

Increases Concentration

Taking the time to learn and practice a new instrument, and music theory, can and will help strengthen the connections in your brain, and help boost your powers of concentration. Many people exercise their brains with games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku books, but learning to play an instrument can be just as much of a brain teaser, but it’s an experience you can share and enjoy with others at the same time. When learning to play an instrument you will literally learn to read and understand an entirely new language – the language of musical notation. The ability to express that language with your instrument will require you to develop your fine motor skills as well as your ability to focus on the task at hand. Your ability to concentrate will improve even further as you start to memorize your favourite songs.

Learning to play music also helps to increase your listening skills as you try to make your small part fit in with the rest of the band, and listening is a major part of concentration.

Builds Confidence

We all know that feeling; the wave of confidence that washes over you when you know you’ve succeeded or accomplished something you weren’t sure you could do. It feels great to learn something new, and to share it with friends and family! Learning to play an instrument can help you broaden your emotional, intellectual, and even spiritual horizons, no matter how old you are. When you take the time to learn something new it makes you feel confident and increases your feelings of self-esteem and accomplishment. Learning to play an instrument is the perfect, tangible way to see, hear, and feel that progress and accomplishment.

It Lasts Forever

A lot of the things we love to do in life can be difficult to participate in as we start to get a little older; how many 80-year-olds do you see running up and down the soccer field? But once you have mastered the basic musical concepts and skills, you will be able to play your instrument for the rest of your life. And what’s more, thanks to the social and group aspects of learning to play music, the lessons are also a fantastic way to stay social when you’re no longer able to be part of a sports team or other more physical activity.

It Brings People Together

And speaking of the social aspect of learning to play music – music brings people together! While this is something you probably already know even if you’ve never played a single note, it becomes even more true when you play with others. In fact, instruments, especially traditional ones, were never meant to be played alone. Once you learn to play, you’ll start making friends (and maybe some admirers too) who have the same passion for music. It won’t be long before you’re making new music together!

It’s Fun

While it’s true that the learning process will take some time and a fair amount of concentration and dedication to become good, and then to maintain your skills, the entire process is immensely enjoyable. Sometimes it can be hard, but at the end of a particularly tricky practice session, what remains is your passion for music, and your love for the instrument.

It’s Easier Than Ever Before

The most basic and simplest reason that you should make learning to play an instrument one of your New Years Resolutions is that it is now easier to learn than ever before. No matter how old you are, when your parents were learning to play lessons were mini-torture sessions designed to hone skills and develop the mind – with very little fun thrown in. That’s the “old-school approach.” Today, learning is much easier with everything from online courses to touch-sensitive smartphone apps, you can now learn your instrument wherever you go and whenever you have time.

They say nothing in life comes easy, but thanks to leaps forward in technology, learning to play an instrument has become a whole lot easier.

If you’ve decided to make music a part of your life this year, check out our many programs and classes! We offer solo and group lessons for all sorts of different instruments, and our professional teachers strive to make every lesson a lot of fun. Sign up any time.