The Benefits When You Play Music

To play music is one of the most popular hobbies known to man. Many take pleasure in it for various reasons. For one, you may say that you simply enjoy playing music that’s why you do so, but, hey, wouldn’t it help if you can identify what really makes the experience enjoyable?

Below are some of the benefits you get when you involve yourself in music. Play instruments, sing songs, compose melodies, perform on stage, all of them are covered. So the next time someone asks you why you do this thing you do, you can have these advantages as your ready answers.

Music is a brain power enhancer

Music is commonly associated with emotions. But this doesn’t mean that it caters only to that. Music may be highly emotional, but then it stimulates the human brain as well. Isn’t it that when you strike a chord or write a line or imagine what you’ll do on stage, you think? Precisely the reason why music can indeed rouse intellectual activity. For example, if you take up music lessons, you are given modules to study. And so, you get your brain to work as you peruse them. Not only that, even those who do not formally study music dissect songs in order for them to learn and appreciate the songs more. Clearly, the brain functions there, too. Moreover, many studies claim that people who practice music have generally higher IQ scores than those who aren’t musical.

Music is a stress reliever

So you had a bad day. You go straight to your room, and what do you do? Either you turn on your music player or get your guitar (or, for others, the piano, the violin, the oboe, the drums, etc.) and start playing. That’s how music alleviates one’s tension and anxiety: that if you play music, it’s as if it has a calming effect on you–even if you listen to Korn or Slipknot. When there’s music around, no matter the kind as long as it is appealing to your ears, everything becomes more bearable: that you find a space to relate all negative feelings you have, then after, you experience this so-called lightness within. As music can direct your emotions, it, too, can well serve as your handle for your feelings.

Music is a confidence booster

Doesn’t it feel good when you’ve finally nailed that sizzling solo you’ve been wanting to play? Or maybe when you’re asked, “Hey! Can you play ‘Spain’ the way Dave Weckl did?,” then you answer, “With eyes closed, yeah,” doesn’t it make you feel proud? When you’ve attained such achievements in music, it’s almost automatic for you to build up on your confidence as well. Being cocky about it is a different story, though. The deal here is this: when you study music and your hard work pays off, it gives you a rewarding feeling, a sense of accomplishment. It makes you believe that, not only in music but life in general, you can conquer the greatest of challenges hurled in your way: that when someone gives you the “when pigs can fly” condition, you bring out a guitar, strum a few chords, and there you have it, flying pigs.

Music is a form of self-expression

Perhaps this is the most obvious benefit you can get when you play music. An outlet for your emotions, that’s how many people regard music. And it’s true. When you play, you can let out all your feelings in a song. Actually, even if you’re just a listener, you can feel this benefit. For instance, when you’re in a good mood, you play something bouncy and bubbly, and when you feel otherwise, you play songs that are so bleak they break your heart in two. More importantly, when you, say, sing or play an instrument, you provide the listeners with your own style. It’s like introducing yourself to the crowd through music, and by that alone they can tell who you are.