"Learning a musical instrument is challenging, it demands fine motor skills and coordination. It develops children's listening, thinking skills, imagination and perseverance. It brings out the very best in the children as they work collaboratively with their peers and teachers."
- Sheila Hancock, English Actress and Author
In this article, you will learn the general benefits of learning musical instruments, the specific benefits of each type, and the benefits of music in age groups. We will also learn the calories burned per instrument and the genres of each instrument.
Similar to: What Are the Effects of Music on the Brain?
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|General Benefits of Music Instruments|
Music improves memory
Develops motor skills
Makes us smarter in school and in work
Improves Social Skills
Higher language skills
Improved eye-hand coordination
Improves Math Skills
|Specific Benefits of each instrument type:|
|1 Wind & Brass Instruments|
We combined wind and brass instruments because they are both wind instruments in general.
Wind instruments, like singing, clarinet, flute, harmonica, and brass instruments like trumpet, saxophone, and french horn lower the risk of heart diseases, improve breathing muscles, good breath control, clear lungs, improved posture, lowered blood pressure.
Having formal singing classes will help you expand your vocal range, and versatility in singing styles.
You'll be involved with these genres:
Singing = all genres
Clarinet & flute = opera, meditation music, mellow music, soft pop
Harmonica = folk, country, blues, and classical
Trumpet, saxophone, and french horn = Jazz, Blues, Swing, Baroque, Classical
Calories burned in wind and brass instruments:
Other wind and brass instruments: 106 calories per 45 minutes
More about Wind and Brass Instruments:
|2 Stringed Instruments|
Learning stringed instruments, like guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and harp, all share the same benefits called finger dexterity, genre and key familiarity.
String and bow instruments like violin and cello, on the other hand, give you knowledge on how to handle the bow properly and know how to strike a key gracefully in notes.
Each stringed instrument has a unique sound and keys, so it means you get to study various genres and pitches as well.
Genres example:guitar and piano = all genres in all keys
bass and cello = all genres in low keys
ukulele = hawaiian music, teen pop in high keys
banjo = folk, country in low to medium keys
violin, and viola, = opera, orchestral pop in medium to high keys
harp = opera, celtic music, meditation music in medium to high keys
FUN FACT: There's a video where a bass played with a bow. It both sounded like a cello, violin, and guitar.
Calories burned in stringed instruments:
80 calories per hour when sitting
159 calories per hour when standing
239 calories per hour while moving
More about stringed instruments:
|3 Percussion Instrument|
Specific Benefits of Learning Drums:
Upper Body Exercise
Control of power
Ambi-dexterous (dominance of 2 hands)
Power beat-maker in a song
Cautious in sequences and patterns
present in almost all genres
Calories burned in playing drums:
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|4 String and Percussion: Piano|
Specific Benefits of Learning Piano:
Makes you a potential composer of melodies
Smart in-ear training because you handle all keys
present in almost all genres
Smart in chord patterns
Smart in other instruments because the piano is complete
You'll learn sight reading, the language of music
Calories burned in piano:
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|Benefits in Different Life Stages:|
|1 Babies (ages 0 to 2)|
Babies cannot talk yet, so their only communication is crying when they are hungry, cold, full, sleepy, angry, afraid, upset, lonely, sad and everything because they do not know the right words to say yet. For this reason, music is important for babies despite their young age to handle their noise lets you do more tasks.
Music makes them:
Makes them stop crying
Makes them happy
Makes them fall asleep
Nursery Rhymes catch their attention
Boosts their curiosity
More about music benefits in babies:
|2 Toddlers (ages 3 to 6)|
Benefits of learning music among toddlers:
makes them dance
makes them cooperate in playgroups
Instrument sound familiarity
can hum melodies
Other benefits of music in toddlers:
|3 Children (ages 7-12)|
Children's age is the most appropriate time for music lessons because they are fast learners and adaptable to learning.
Benefits of learning an instrument among children:
Enhances reading and comprehension
Build fine and gross motor skills.
Support sensory development.
Enhance hand-eye coordination.
Makes new friends
Learning an instrument as a teenagers have benefits. According to Time, American teenagers have high levels of depression and suicide because of severe bullying at school, family issues, home violence. But studies found that music has a large factor to prevent these.
Benefits of learning music among teenagers:
develops a sense of belongingness
develops purpose and self-actualization
Lessens teenage depression
Saves teen from suicide
Stress reliever from bullying and other problems
Adults are the fastest learners most especially the ones who are willing to study more. Reward yourself a fun skill after finishing a project at work or after a tiring arguement at home. Adults also experience depression and suicide attempts because of failed marriages, abusive partners, and financial crisis. So it's really important that a responsible working adult like you to have a stress-relieving hobby.
Here are the benefits of learning music as an adult:
teaching ability to young ones
stress reliever at work
bonding with kids
helps fight adult illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure
adds more career and hobbies
More music benefits in adults:
You're never too old to learn something new even at an old age. Other than reunion parties, dancing, and gardening, a music class is what you need to be happier.
Some retirees, after the death of their loved ones, tend to be depressed and think about whether they are the next in line. And because of the lack of socialization among family members and friends, they isolate themselves and their illnesses can get worse.
Benefits of learning an instrument during retirement:
Keeps you active and healthy
Therapy in Depression & Suicide
Fulfils life happiness
You'll connect with other oldies who love music
Other music benefits for retirees: