In History class we had to give a 10-15 minute long speech in honor Ancient Athens and all of it’s orators there (because that’s what our main focus of study was on at that time). I decided to make mine on “Why you should learn an instrument”, and I ended up getting 79/80 points on it, so I guess I did okay. Today I will show you some of the things I said in my speech.
Firstly, music has been a crucial part of history!
Back then in Ancient times, music and poetry were used for story-telling and to share history, and also as an act of worship. King David, in the Bible, played his harp to worship, and to ‘soothe’ King Solomon, and that’s just one example. Since then, and long before, music has been very useful, and play big roles in many lives.
Music is a universal language.
Much like sign language, music can be used/understood basically anywhere. Although different cultures may interpret them differently, it is nonetheless understood, as I stated before. If you play a song in one place, and then play it in another, people might see them in a way that others might not, but then again it depends on culture. If you noticed, some instruments are played in many different countries, while others are more rare, but they’re played. This is something that makes it very unique.
Learning an instrument helps with:
When learning instruments, setting goals is very important, and trying to establish a form of guide to meet that goal is something that should be practiced, because that skill can be used anywhere.
2) Mathematical computing ability.
If you look at sheet music, you will notice (whether you can read them or not) that there are a lot of different symbols on it, and it may seem impossible to decipher. Learning how to read sheet music can be tricky, but it really helps with counting and knowing what’s what and where/how to play notes, and when. This skill really transfers over, because you need that sharp mind to be able to read music quickly. It’s a very good exercise, and it will benefit you in the music category, as well as the math aspect.
3) Clearing your head & just playing.
This is a great one. Music is very soothing, and in most cases very calm, and it helps to clear your mind when under stress, and playing diverts your attention from the current situation and helps you to keep your mind elsewhere. I’m not saying it’s something bad, like some alternate reality you can step into so you can avoid responsibility, but it’s something to help with relieving anger/emotions. This is especially true with drums.
Great hobby or career.
Learning instruments can be great for some hobby you do in your spare time, or a great job opportunity. As for getting a job in music, there are so many different fields you can work in.
Unique and encourages creativity!
This is a big one. There’s nothing like music, and that makes it very unique/different from everything else. It helps you to bring out the creative self in you, whether you’re learning songs from your favorite band, or just writing something yourself. Creativity is one of the main skills you need for writing music, because it’s all about creating, and learning from other people’s creations. As for writing songs, you don’t need to have lyrics to it; instrumental ones are also very great.
Helps memorization skills.
If you play certain songs over and over again from reading sheet music or tabs, you may notice that you’re playing parts of the song (or the whole song) just from memory, without even taking the time to study it. This is something I really like. Even if you are trying to memorize pieces, it’s good practice for learning how to memorize, and how to get you into that mindset where you can memorize easily. Another skill that can very well transfer to help you in other areas of your life.
Fulfilling when playing:
1) By yourself.
Taking up your instrument, setting a goal, and meeting that goal is just amazing. When you have something you want to do, and in this case it’s learning music, it’s great to take it in to your room by yourself and just practice. It’s a fun, peaceful experience.
2) With others.
This is something that helps with teamwork. When you are in a band, and you’re but one part of this huge assembly (depending on the band), it’s your job to do your part well, so that, along with everyone else, the song can sound correct. If one musician struggles, then a large portion of the song is not what it’s meant to be. But when all work in unison, it’s very fulfilling. Take it from me, I’m currently in 3 different bands.
3) In front of/for others.
Not only can you and your band enjoy the music you’re producing, but others can as well. Concerts are all around us, and they’re fun to go to.
Music is: Educational, enjoyable, and entertaining.
“The Three E’s” of music. Simple, truthful, and relevant for anyone, which brings me to my next point.
You can learn one at any age!
Well, obviously not any age, but there’s a very large range of ages for learning instruments. I’ve seen young kids play music, as well as older people, so there’s really no age-restriction when it comes to music. Another thing I’ve noticed is that some instruments mainly depend on one’s age, while some, like the piano, are played by all ages. Ones like the guitar are also very versatile when it comes to ages, so don’t be discouraged if you think you may be the wrong age to learn one. This also brings me to my next point.
So many different instruments to choose from!
Now, I can easily fill out a large portion of this blog just naming all of the different types of instruments and how they’re used, but I wont. Instead, I’ll just briefly name some categories many instruments fall into: wind, string, percussion, electric, acoustic, and many more. Some fall into more than one division, but those are some of the main types. In short, there are many types, but many can work together for one cause.
So, what’s the point of all this?
In summary, I believe that learning an instrument is very useful, and everybody should at least consider learning one. Not only can it make you a better musician, but it helps in so many different areas, so that makes it a good hobby as well. This is a great way to spend your time, even if you only choose to play for 10 minutes a day. But music has always been a part of the world, and I believe it should stay that way, and it should be taught/encouraged more everywhere!