Benefits Of Playing A Musical Instrument

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In third grade I was introduced to an orchestra program at my school district. This program was designed for students who have no experience with the violin, viola, cello, and bass. Although I already played the piano since age five, I thought learning the violin would be a fun experience. At the time I was unaware how committed I would be to the violin, my impulsive 8 year old self was simply intrigued with stringed instruments. 10 years later, I own my very own violin and continue to improve my music skills. Why I have continued to play through all these years sometimes baffles me; What are the benefits of playing a musical instrument?
Everyone should learn how to play a musical instrument.

Lutz Jancke, a psychologist at the University of Zurich, states: "Learning to play a musical instrument has definite benefits and can increase IQ by seven points, in both children and adults.” Even when simply beginning to learn how to play an instrument, there is a significant difference in brain improvement. Jancke continues: "We found that even in people over the age of 65 after four or five months of playing a instrument for an hour a week there were strong changes in the brain.” Findings from the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry show that learning a musical instrument reduces feelings of anxiety, expressing emotions, and gives better attention skills to children. There is physical evidence that learning an instrument alters brain development,
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