Benefits of Playing Music Infographic

Learn The Many Ways That Music Benefits Your Mind – Fun Animated Infographic

As musicians, we appreciate a vast array of music benefits that come from playing and practicing. For some of us, music helps to relax us. For others, it helps to pep us up! Sitting down at the piano or picking up our violin can offer a fun diversion, or it can challenge you in unique ways. Aside from the general pleasure we get out of practicing and performing, learning and playing music has proven benefits when it comes to mental, cognitive and emotional health as well.

For example, did you know that playing music increases memory, coordination, and can actually alter your brain’s structure? School students who study music are more likely to perform better in non-music subjects, and taking piano lessons later in life has shown to have direct physical benefits in older adults including lowered blood pressure, less stress and increased cognitive abilities.

Take a look at a vast array of specific ways playing music benefits your mind. Click here for a printable PDF version. Click here to view the infographic on a mobile device.

Can you think of specific instances in which music benefits have affected your life outside of practicing and performing? Do you have any additional benefits that you’d like to add to this list? Please share your expertise in the comments section below.

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  1. Phoebe

    I’ve been playing piano and singing for ~8 years and have reason to believe that my communication skills improved dramatically when I started playing classical piano music. This genre has such a wide range and precision of expression, and the more I studied it the more I found myself paying attention to the way I expressed my feelings and thoughts verbally. I also believe it helped me form healthier emotions.

    I’ve also heard that there is a strong connection between math and music…I don’t know if my playing music caused this, but I’m a girl and do better at math than many of my peers. Bach certainly gave me patience for solving complex problems. : )

  2. Marilyn Speedy

    I am 85 years young, have been playing the organ for a little over 6 years. I have had a yearning to play since i was a child, but life got in the way. When I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2005, which is a terminal disease, I knew I wanted to fulfull my heart’s desire. Never had lessons, but play by ear. Since 2010, I have had the miracle of being on YouTube, playing with professional musicians at a Country Club, opening a concert as a “Bench warmer”, and this past October, played my own Concert! All this time I have been in treatment, and I do beleive that Music has given me all these extra years!! I play every day, and when I do, Cancer does not exist…just the sheer joys of this wonderful thing called MUSIC!

    • Myra

      Marilyn!! I do hope my reply finds you well and playing the organ everyday!! Your posting has lifted my spirits today!! xoxo………Myra

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  4. Bernadette

    Is there a way to separate these infographics into single .pdf’s? I would like to share them on my FB page. Thanks!

    • Hi Bernadette, I just sent you an email. Thank you!

      • Hi Lou, I’ll email them to you!

      • Tony

        Can I also get the infographics into single .pdf’s as well please? Thank you!

  5. VIHENDA KING

    Benefits of Music Include attentive Listening: In a book titled Super Learning (1979/2000), the authors Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder explore stress-free learning techniques to develop super memory. This involves using music from slow movements [heart-beat pulse] from the Baroque period. I tried it on a young child who was having difficulty with spelling. It worked wonders! Vihenda King

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  7. There are so many benefits from music that I wasn’t aware of. I like how much it seems to help improve communication and emotional stability. I think it’s pretty amazing vast of an influence differnt types of songs have.

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  10. Great , As a music lover I appreciate every bit of this article and Its very true that music helps on so many levels. Playing my guitar always makes me feel good – I think the rhythm, movement and breathing involved are great for my body, and it also does fantastic things to my mind.

  11. Linda

    Is there a way to get this infograph in single PDFs?

    • Hi Linda, I can send you an email with the images. Thanks for asking!

  12. I absolutely love this infographic! I’m an enthusiastic amateur violinist, I’ve been playing since I was 10 except for when I had a traumatic few years. There’s no doubt in my mind it contributed to my creativity as I have since published a novel, and has bought me untold joy! As part of my public speaking I talk about music education. Please may I also ask for pdfs of each infographic and I’d love to feature the entire infographic on my blog (with link to your site) if that’s OK with you? Do you have the html code for the full infographic? My blog is http://www.rhapsodyinwords.com Many thanks!

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