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Benefits of Music

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Learning music has many benefits that carry on throughout ones life. Some of these are listed below:

The Joy of Music
Probably the most important benefit that music brings it the sheer joy of playing an instrument or singing a great song. Music is one of life’s simple joys.

Friendships & Socialisation
Music is a great medium for making friends. A wonderful bond and mutual respect exists between musicians, regardless of their musical background. Irish traditional music is particularly social with informal gatherings such as music sessions being an integral part of the culture. Friends made through music are often friends for life.

Confidence and Conquering Fears
Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential.

When you first begin to learn an instrument, it may be difficult at first to develop a habit of practicing. Once you have this habit in place and see your progress, you will feel encouraged to continue.
You won’t need anyone to remind youself to practice. You will understand the intrinsic value of practicing and learn the art of self-discipline. The earlier you begin practicing this skill, the more successful you will be at anything you do.

Achievement and Self-Esteem
Recognizing and celebrating your achievements builds self-esteem that easily transfers to other areas beyond music.

Appreciation for Hard Work
It takes time, hard work and patience to really learn something and do it well. A great way to learn this lesson is to play an instrument.

Living in a society where instant gratification prevails, it is important to remind yourself that success does not happen over night. It is a series of slow changes that require persistence and patience. In time, you will see the success of your labour and better appreciate the hard work of others as well.

Self-Expression and Creativity
Many times we forget how important it is to foster your imagination and learn to be creative. The most successful people in the world are also some of the most creative people. Music gives you an opportunity to practice creativity and it also provides you with a safe way to communicate feelings and self-expression.

Entertainment and Relaxation
Learning an instrument, participating in group activities, and listening to music can be fun. It can provide hours of entertainment and relaxation for the rest of your life.

No matter what happens in your day, playing or listening to music can bring you much needed stress relief. Let your mind get lost in the music and forget about your problems, at least for a moment.