Starting your musical journey as an adult can seem like a daunting hill to climb; but in reality, there are a number of benefits to picking up an instrument later in life. So if you’ve always had that “one day” thought in the back of your mind, read on… and perhaps make the decision to go back to *music* school.
While this may seem obvious, when you’re learning an instrument as an adult, no one is forcing you to pick up the instrument, and no one is going to make you sit down and practice.
You don’t have to learn the piano because your parents said that’s what you should learn. No one can tell you “you have to play classical music first”. If you want to pick up the trumpet, or the bass guitar, you can do just that!
If you’re picking up an instrument for the first time as an adult, chances are it’s something you’ve been wanting to do for quite some time, and thereby you’re far more likely to be more self-motivated than a younger person.
You’ve been listening to music all your life. You know what you like, and what you don’t like. As you begin to learn, you can relate everything you do to what you have already heard. Children don’t have the benefit of experience to help them understand and recognize similarities in song structures.
Perhaps the number one benefit of music is stress relief. This is of course far more important as an adult than it is as a child. Countless studies have shown music’s ability to release dopamine which reduces stress by enhancing one’s sense of well being.
Any form of learning, as an adult, can be massively helpful in improving general cognitive function, developing the ability to concentrate, and keeping you sharp.
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Relieving stress and keeping your brain sharp… what more could you want?
So why not go back to *music* school and pick up that instrument you’ve been dreaming of all your life. Here are a few popular options…