Sean Driscoll (Toronto based musician and performer) offers music lessons to people of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re looking for lessons for your child or for yourself, you’ve found the right person. Learning how to play a musical instrument has benefits for both children and adults.
If your hand eye coordination is weak, this will be improved by learning how to play a musical instrument. This is because your brain has to work very fast when you’re playing an instrument. The music you’re reading needs to be translated into the movements you need to perform while playing your instrument almost instantly. This will exercise the brain, therefore making your hand eye coordination so much better.
Children and adults who struggle with math can play an instrument to help them with this. While you’re playing music, your brain is interpreting and understanding things like scales, rhythm and beat. This helps your brain to recognize patterns in math, create fractions and to divide. While playing an instrument isn’t the only thing you can do to improve your math skills, it will certainly be added help.
Playing a musical instrument will also improve reading skills and enable you to read faster and better. Since reading music is such an important part of playing music, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. When you’re reading music, you need to understand everything on the page in order to play correctly. This mental focus will carry over to regular reading. You’ll find that your focus is better, you never drift off and don’t take in what you’re reading and you’ll start reading a lot faster.
It’s clear to see that playing an instrument has a lot of benefits outside of music alone.