8 Reasons Why You Should Take Up a Musical Instrument

Posted by Coronado Band Teacher on 2/20/2020


Playing Violin


There are so many reasons to start playing an instrument. I would like to share my top 8 personal reasons.

1. Meet new people/make new friends

When you start playing an instrument, you will likely meet similar minded individuals; particularly if you start playing from joining band or orchestra at your school. You will already have something in common with these fellow musicians, and you may even make some new friends in the process.

2. It teaches you how to work in groups

Any instrument you play can be played in an ensemble, whether it be a rock band, an orchestra, a jazz trio or a Dixieland band. When you play with a group of musicians, you must work with them to form a cohesive group, one that can successfully get through a piece of music from start to finish. A good group of musicians (or at the very least a well-practiced group of musicians) can make this look and sound easy. Though don’t let that fool you, it takes time and teamwork to make any ensemble sound cohesive.

3. It can help you relax

For me, the best way to relax and unwind after a long day is to sit in front of my piano and practice a few songs. There is nothing in the world (at least I don’t think there is) more relaxing than having some alone time with your instrument of choice and just playing. A bonus to this is that depending on your mood, there’s a piece of music to play: feeling happy, work on a Joplin rag, feeling sad, maybe a Chopin Nocturne is what you’re looking for. The point being that no matter my mood, I can find a song that will either match that mood or find a song that will help me change my mood.

4. It can help with attention

Learning an instrument is not an easy task. It takes time and dedication to get proficient at whatever your instrument of choice is; and that time and dedication requires that you pay attention for prolonged periods of time towards your musical studies whether it be with your instructor/teacher, or when you are practicing independently.

5. It gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other

Whether you’re a beginning student or a professional, you’re going to come across a piece that take a bit more time to master than others. Once you have mastered that piece from practice and dedication though, the feeling of accomplishment/achievement you’ll feel when you either play the piece on your own or for an audience is like nothing else. Not only do you know the time and energy you put into completing the piece, but the listeners also can tell.

6. It is a confidence builder

Instruments are meant to be played for an audience. Sure, you must practice on your own, but once you have a piece down, it’s important to perform it. At first, performing in front of other people seems like a daunting task; but once you’ve done it long enough you will be able to get up in front of an audience more readily than others who do not play instruments. Will you still feel nervous sometimes before a performance? Sure, but we all do, and that just means that you care about your performance.

7. It can help with your memory

Research has shown that playing an instrument improves your memory powers, and that makes sense, as there are multiple things you need to focus on at once when playing an instrument. Take piano for example: you have to have correct posture, you’re hand position needs to be correct (curved fingers, no drooping wrists!) you need to keep a consistent tempo, you have to count the beats as you play, what key signature are you playing in? Are there accidentals (sharps or flats or naturals that are otherwise not in your given key signature) that you need to watch out for? And the list goes on and on. Playing an instrument means that you must remember a lot of important details to be successful.

8. It’s just plain fun

This is the most important thing to know about playing instrument. You should have fun while you do it. It can be frustrating at first, but as you get better through practice and instruction, playing an instrument is an absolute joy.