Playing an instrument is beneficial for all students

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Playing an instrument is beneficial for all students

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Playing an instrument has many benefits, most of which are not reaped by high schoolers. Most students have considered the possibility of learning to play an instrument, but with their heavily workload, they are unable to expand their musical tendencies. With that said, students should find time to learn to play an instrument, for it strengthens mental skills, betters physical and emotional health and raises self-confidence while building a strong work ethic.
To begin, the process of learning different keys and understanding the components of an instrument can improve memorization skills and instill perseverance and dedication. In addition to reading music, being conscious of the many different functioning pieces of an instrument helps to strengthen multitasking skills. Even more, singing the lyrics of a song while also playing the notes on an instrument can further a student’s ability to focus on multiple aspects of something at once. Through repetition and dedication, musicians are able to sharpen their memorization and multitasking skills which can in turn help their progress in school.
Aside from improving cognition, playing an instrument has been proven to help relieve stress. Whether it is the melody and rhythmic tunes or the relaxation of playing, operating an instrument can greatly improve emotional well-being. Schoolwork is often stressful and can take time away from other consuming hobbies and activities. However, instruments provide an opportunity to relieve this stress without jeopardizing their education, for their brains are still active while playing. This is a better alternative to watching TV or playing video games, as instruments keeps people’s mind focused on learning a specific task.
Lastly, instruments can boost self-confidence while also inspiring people to work hard in every aspect of their daily life. The amount of time put into practicing an instrument is reflected in the success of the musician, so musicians always strive to hone their skills and perform well. Additionally, music enthusiasts can apply the time management skills acquired from learning to play an instrument into schoolwork and other activities like sports or extracurriculars.
However, many believe there are better ways to spend free time than playing instruments. Some argue that sports are the most beneficial extracurricular activity, since they not only incorporate exercise into daily life but they provide an opportunity to make friends. Although there are some downsides, playing instruments can help to improve mental health, increase social skills and better daily life. Ultimately, the time spent playing instruments is more useful than time spent watching TV or playing video games, as it is a mentally stimulating experience rather than a mindless activity. Overall, instruments introduce an opportunity for people of all ages to blow off steam while simultaneously entertaining themselves and the people around them.

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