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.