Benefits of Playing an Instrument


The benefits of playing an instrument extend beyond just the music room. Learning to play an instrument fills a student’s life with music and enriches them in so many ways. Music can bring emotion to a movie scene, entertain us while we’re stuck in traffic or evoke memories of a special moment in time. The skills and knowledge we gain when learning to play an instrument shapes the way we see and interact with the world, and the good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start.

Playing an instrument has a great impact on memory and intelligence. Mental acuity and cognitive skills are enhanced. Want to boost your brain performance? Learn an instrument.

Many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic success in both children and adults. Playing music can improve long-term memory and improves overall mental performance. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, boosting functions such as abstract reasoning skills, verbal memory and literacy.

Personal management skills, organization and motivation are other key benefits of playing an instrument. For beginning music students, developing a quality practice routine can be challenging. Practice requires consistency and routine. Students must set aside the time to practice and focus on their goals. Once they begin to see progress, they will be motivated to continue practicing. Understanding the value of dedication and self-motivation can be applied to other areas of life such as education, employment and personal endeavors.

Creativity and self-expression are heightened in those who play an instrument. As musicians excel in their craft, a whole new level of creativity blossoms in them. Practicing and perfecting a piece of music ignites the creative side of the brain. Students may start to be more playful and more experimental, adding their own personality to each note. Music can be a safe way to express emotions and communicate thoughts and feelings, leading to an elevated sense of inner peace and well-being.

We’ve listed just a few of the benefits of playing an instrument but there are so many more. Music students of all ages experience physical, mental and emotional benefits that will last throughout their lifetime.

  • Boosts confidence and leads to a sense of achievement
  • Relieves stress and promotes a sense of well-being
  • Cultivates social skills, friendships and teamwork
  • Develops physical skills and hand/eye coordination
  • Builds performance skills and helps with stage fright
  • Improves math, reading, listening and comprehension skills

To begin experiencing the benefits of playing an instrument, contact us today.

Piano Forte Music School currently provides piano lessons to students from Palo Alto, San Carlos, Belmont and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Guitar and voice lessons coming soon!



Did you know? Piano Forte Music School will soon offer voice and guitar lessons in addition to
piano lessons. Contact us to learn more.