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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Play What

This weeks Blog is an idea from a friend and client of Firelight Media Group, Sue Conover.  Thank you for this weeks Blog idea!  

Listening to Christmas Carols on iTunes and the radio this week made me wonder about singing and playing an instrument.  I learned to play the piano when I was young; I sang till I was in college. So am I smarter?  A better person?  Can I learn another language by singing the new language?  Let's take a look at some of the benefits to having music in our lives every day.

Learning to sing or play a musical instrument offers a lot of benefits. I personally believe that if there's one thing you should learn in your lifetime, it's how to sing or play an instrument. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Singing or Playing A Musical Instrument Makes You Smarter
Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music on the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music, or those who play an instrument, do better in school than those who don't. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child's reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain. Adults can benefit from learning to sing or play an instrument too because it helps the mind remain alert and  active, eventually helping to sharpen the memory.

2. It Teaches Discipline
Learning to sing or play an instrument is like learning to speak another language, and it can be challenging at times. One of the qualities musicians possess is discipline. You have to be disciplined in order to master the complex technical and emotional skills required by singing or playing your 
instrument. You have to set time each day to practice, practice and practice some more.

3. Playing A Musical Instrument Relieves Stress
We all have days when we are stressed out and just want to take a break from it all. Have you ever noticed that when you hear soft, soothing music you feel more relaxed? Singing or playing an instrument can do that and more, especially if you're the one singing or playing. Music is one of life's simple joys; it helps calm the mind.

4. Sense of Achievement
If you're a beginner learning to sing or play your first music piece, it can be frustrating. But once you've mastered it, the satisfaction you'll feel is priceless. Never mind if it's simple, believe me you'll never forget the first piece you've mastered! You are one more step closer to achieving your goal and that is certainly something to be proud of.

5. Singing or Playing A Musical Instrument is Fun
It can be a lot of hard work, but there is no denying that singing or playing an instrument is fun. As you get better at it, opportunities will arise for you to share your newly learned skill with your family and friends. Who knows, you may also consider playing professionally in the future. Singing or playing a musical instrument opens up a lot of good possibilities that will surely enrich your life.

In conclusion, music plays a huge part in your everyday life whether you are singing, playing the air guitar, the piano or the drums.  Play with all of your heart and enjoy every beat of each song!

Do you play an instrument or sing? What do you enjoy most about music? What is your favorite piece? What is your favorite piece of Christmas music?

Let us know!

Article From: 5 Reasons to Play a Musical Instrument
By Espie Estrella,

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