One of the most enjoyable parts of learning through music is the opportunity to meet other musicians, and play together. As well as making friends, it is key to improving as a musician and developing skills like teamwork, respect and concentration.

Taking part in musical activities brings huge benefits such as:

  • Building skills and ambitions in music and all areas of life
  • Developing creativity and confidence
  • Improving health and emotional wellbeing

Every musician has their own experience of the positive effects music has for them, but if you need some more convincing, here are some interesting resources and research findings:

  • Research has shown a direct link between music and improved reading ability in children.
  • Evidence suggests a link between mathematics and music and a connection between music and increased scores in IQ.
  • Music can have a positive impact on personal and social development, including increased self-reliance, confidence, self-esteem, sense of achievement and ability to relate to others.

Participating in music groups and needing to work together towards a common goal, for example school bands, develops discipline, teamwork, cooperation, self-confidence, responsibility and social skills.

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Find out more about how playing an instrument benefits your brain.