The Benefits of Music Lessons


Mental Benefits of Music Lessons

 There are many ways a person can benefit from studying music. The benefits are both mental and spiritual, and many research projects show there is a correlation between the study of music and better performance in academics. If every parent were aware of the evidence, he or she would find the best music teacher available for their children.

 The Benefits to the Brain: Cognitive Development

 Students in high quality music classes score high on standardized tests. Playing an instrument enhances the brain stem’s sensitivity to speech sounds. Experiencing music at a young age can “fine tune” the auditory system according to Nature Neuroscience, April 2007.

 Among other benefits, music lessons will improve memory, teach patience, self-discipline and develop organizational skills and management of time.

 Finding the Right Teacher

 There are many good musicians who are not necessarily good teachers. On the other hand, there are many good teachers who are not necessarily the best musicians – one tip is to read TakeLessons reviews and testimonies from actual teachers to see who’s up to snuff. Making a true connection with an instructor can be a huge, deciding factor. When you find your teacher, you will know it.

 Since teachers are not equally skilled on all instruments, your teacher will possess a concept of music that he or she will easily convey to you. The teacher should be firm but not intimidating. You should feel challenged with each lesson and know what you are expected to accomplish during your practice sessions.

 Any good instrumental teacher should be able to critique your playing ability to a certain level. After that, you may seek additional resources and a professional player of your instrument specialty. Good teachers will tell you when you have reached the level at which they can no longer help you.

 Instruments of Choice

 Different people have different traits that are suited for their personality and embrasures. Good teachers can help you select an instrument that is best suited for you.

 In learning how to play the violin, guitar, cello, or any other string instrument, the musician develops a sensitive ear, due to the tuning of each string. You will also master the position of the fingers on the strings determine the pitch of the note. The tone is determined by the movement of the bow across the string.

 Clearly the violinist must concentrate on sound, pitch and the notes on the page. This combination encourages cognitive development and improves the musician’s intelligence.

 The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument are valuable life skills. One of life’s greatest pleasures is being taught the right instrument by the best teacher.”



  1. says

    I would love to get my son music lessons as soon as I have the extra money. While I have zero musical talent at all and failed miserably at flute lessons, I have a feeling he'll be much better than me. Thank you for the tips!

  2. says

    My son & I have participated in the "Music Together" program since he was six months old. Although he's not being taught an instrument, he can certainly carry a tune and his vocabulary is more advanced than his peers. Exposure to music in any form is so important to many areas of development – including math and the sciences. 
    Thanks for sharing this great info! 

  3. says

    We have been considering music lessons for Benjamin because he is so musically inclined. We have been told that he holds a guitar like a professional and that he has long fingers for the piano. He will be 5 soon so we will have to look into finding a good teacher.

  4. says

    I played violin for OOOH 5 yrs? I miss it sometimes. I’m really hoping my daughter wants to get music lessons. She is really interested in music right now.

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