Is music in your DNA? Do you have a hidden talent in music waiting to be discovered? It’s never too late to find out.
Meet Lisa, a Marketing professional who has been pursuing music and singing for many decades now. She shares her unique story in learning the piano, guitar and the drums.
How her musical journey began
Lisa was only all of 5 when she was first introduced to piano lessons by her mother, a B.A. in Western classical music (Trinity College, UK) while living in Mumbai in an era of no computers, no internet and no you tube. She studied the piano under different teachers in India and Africa, but regrettably gave it up when she in boarding school at the age of 10. Instead she joined her school choir and has been singing ever since and sings in choral groups that sing in 4 part harmony.
Learning music as an adult – it’s never too late to learn a musical instrument
As luck would have it, and in-between jobs, when she was in her late 30s she signed up for guitar lessons and coincidentally surprised herself and her family members and friends when she discovered that she had the aptitude to play the acoustic drum set. A decade later, she has progressed to be a good drummer and even done Trinity College (UK) exams. Lisa is certainly blessed to have inborn talent to be able to play multi – instruments and be a vocalist singing Soprano or Alto.
She believes that by learning musical instruments and being a vocalist the biggest benefit for her has been gaining self-confidence which she lacked earlier as she was an introvert. Today she pursues drumming as a serious hobby and continues to sing with different choral groups.
Behavioural scientists have found that music has a lot of therapeutic benefits. Here are 5 important benefits of learning a musical instrument.
1. Helps in concentration and staying focused - Learning a musical instrument or vocals is an excellent way to make you concentrate and stay focussed for a considerable length of time. So this is a good skill you develop especially if you begin to learn music from a young age. These are life skills that will help in a later stage in life, be it when pursuing higher studies, pursuing another hobby or sport and even useful at work.
2. Increases self-confidence - Music is a great hobby to pursue as you gain a lot of self-confidence especially as you make progress to master the instrument you choose to learn and start doing performances in public, be it to a small or large audience or even a ticketed program. It helps you get rid of stage fright even in normal daily living and improves your ability to boldly interact with other people right from childhood and helps mould your personality.
3. Discipline and Persistence - As the old adage goes – Practice makes perfect. And this applies especially to music where you need to be absolutely perfect in producing the right tune or follow the right tempo. There is no substitute to this. In fact this is possibly the only field where playing to perfection is a must. Because mistakes will be heard in the sound produced. So when you learn a musical instrument, there are three things you need to do every day. Practice. Practice and Practice. Because only serious practising will get you to perfection.
Training in music teaches you to be disciplined and persistent. Since learning an instrument or learning vocals involves setting apart at least an hour to practice on a daily basis, this helps you to cultivate the habit of being a disciplined person too. You also learn to be persistent in the goal to reach perfection. This becomes an inbuilt trait as a life skill.
4. Helps in maintaining the right balance in emotional and physical health -
Music as scientists have found is therapeutic and is an excellent stress reliever. The good thing is that you have the choice of learning a musical instrument, learning vocals or even electronic music production and DJing. Once you’ve mastered your choice of music and play to perfection or even near perfection, your brain releases the “happy hormones” leaving you elated at your achievement. Listening to music with others can also release prolactin, a hormone that bonds people together.
5. Building on a talent - In today’s world where everyone is seeking instant gratification or even instant stardom thanks to Instagram, Youtube and Facebook, learning music or learning to be a vocalist gives you that instant feeling of self-satisfaction once you hear yourself play an instrument successfully or hit those pitch perfect notes as you sing your favourite songs.
Lastly, you get to meet like-minded people – ‘soul mates’ in music and have a lot of fun collaborating on music performances. So go ahead and learn a musical instrument whether you are a child, teenager or even an adult. You might just discover the star in you.
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