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Why 2024 is the Year to Start Learning a Musical Instrument

Have you ever thought about learning a musical instrument? 2024 might just be your year! In this blog post, I’ll share six compelling reasons to start your musical journey now, whether you’re a beginner or returning to music.


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1. Online Learning Accessibility

The pandemic has revolutionized learning, making online resources and virtual lessons more accessible than ever. As a professional flutist, I initially had reservations about teaching online. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well my students adapted and continued to learn and improve. Today, I have a flute studio made up of students from all around the world, most of whom I've never met in person! The convenience of online lessons eliminates the need for travel and allows students to learn from the comfort of their own homes. Although some nuances are better captured in person, the success of online lessons cannot be ignored.


2. Brain Health Benefits

Playing a musical instrument engages every major part of the central nervous system and taps into both the right and left sides of the brain. It's like a total workout for your brain! Studies have shown that playing an instrument can improve memory, verbal fluency, information processing speed, planning ability, and other cognitive functions. It's not just beneficial for the younger demographic either. Research conducted at the University of South Florida found that adults between the ages of 60 and 85 who received piano lessons showed significant gains in various cognitive functions compared to those who did not receive lessons. Learning an instrument is a fantastic way to exercise your brain while having fun.


3. Social Engagement

Music transcends language, providing a unique form of expression and connection. Learning and practicing an instrument can be solitary, but it also opens doors to communal activities like bands and ensemble groups. It’s a fantastic way to bond and create together.


4. Physical Health Advantages

If you choose to learn a wind instrument, such as a flute or a brass instrument, you'll experience the physical benefits of breath control. Playing these instruments requires complete awareness and consciousness of how you use your breath. This can help strengthen your core muscles and improve your posture, which are valuable skills not only for playing your instrument but also for everyday life.


5. Stress Relief

Playing an instrument can be a fantastic stress reliever. While it may not always apply to professional musicians or music students, playing an instrument can provide a much-needed break from the stresses of daily life. Research has shown that playing the piano, for example, can lower cortisol levels and decrease anxiety. In comparison to activities like calligraphy and clay molding, playing the piano was found to be significantly more effective at reducing stress levels. So, if you're looking for a way to unwind and relax, picking up an instrument can be a great option.


6. The Joy of Music

Last but certainly not least, learning an instrument is simply fun! Life is short, and many people regret not pursuing music lessons or learning an instrument when they were younger. However, it's important to remember that it's never too late to start. In fact, there are advantages to learning an instrument later in life. As an adult, you likely have a better attention span, problem-solving skills, and bodily awareness. While there may be some challenges, such as self-consciousness or being too hard on yourself, these can be overcome with dedication and practice. So, don't let age or past experiences hold you back. Embrace the joy of learning a new skill and start playing an instrument today!


In Conclusion

In 2024, the reasons to pick up an instrument are more compelling than ever. From online learning opportunities to the cognitive, social, physical, and emotional benefits, there’s something for everyone in the world of music. If you’re considering starting or returning to an instrument this year, or even if you’ve already begun, I'd love to hear about your journey in the comments. Let's use this space to share, encourage, and support each other in our musical endeavors. Here’s to a musical 2024!

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