Blow your own trumpet
Imagine if you still played the instrument you learned at school. Many of us regret not pursuing this hobby, but the good news is it’s never too late. Many adults are enrolling in music lessons and feeling the health and stress benefits of engaging a different part of the brain.
In many ways, music lessons are wasted on the young. Older students have better patience, are prepared to practice and have a greater appreciation for music. So maybe it’s time for you to pick up where you left off and book a music lesson.
Here are three reasons why you should give it a go.
1. It’s good for your health
Dr Frederic Tims, Professor and Chair of Music Therapy at Michigan State University, highlights the benefits of adults learning music. His studies show evidence of significant decreases in anxiety, depression and loneliness, which have a direct affect on general health and the immune system.
2. You make new friends
As an adult, it may be difficult at times to make new social connections. Music lessons come with a built-in community and assist in creating new friendships. They provide the right environment to meet people and studies indicate a direct relationship between music lessons and decreased loneliness.
3. For stress relief
Music is a great stress reliever and a common form of meditation. For all of us, it’s nice to escape the madness of life in general. Making music can be a great release – especially if there’s a drum kit involved.
A few tips before you begin.
- Make sure you set aside time for not only lessons but to practise.
- Find the right teacher for you – take a few lessons to see if there is a positive connection. If not – switch teachers.
- Practise makes perfect – don’t expect to be signed to a record label straight away, these things take time.
- Have fun! It’s not a competition and there are no expectations.
One last bit of advice, don’t learn the recorder.
Lygon Music School, Melbourne
Private lessons are available for voice, piano, guitar and drums and are tailored to the individual’s needs and skill set.
Half-term private – $165 for 5 weeks
Full-term private – $330 for 10 weeks
12 String Music School, Sydney
12 Strings offers a number of different string instruments to learn and is located in the CBD. Guitar, piano, bass and ukulele 30-minute lessons, one-on-one are $35 each or $25 each when you pre-book a block of four or more lessons.
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