Everyday, we all have different tasks and activities to do and accomplish. For children, they mostly enjoy play, adolescents and teenagers are into school, while adults are busy at work. Amidst the busy schedule, it is always good to involve ourselves in extra activities. In that way, we can turn our minds from pure play, school requirements, and stressful work. One of the activities which we could definitely do even at home is to learn how to play musical instruments. An example of an instrument which most of us would like to learn is the violin. It is a wonderful instrument which has hidden benefits in it that we don’t actually know.
In an article by Jocelyn Ng, we will be able to read about ten facts and benefits of learning the violin.
10 Facts and Benefits of Learning the Violin
- Benefits: Playing the violin lets you take a breather from studying
Everyone knows studying is stressful. Math, economics, sciences, history, they’re just so content-heavy and can really wear you down. This is why teens are required and are highly recommended to engage in co-curricular activities, be it sports clubs or the arts. If you’re more of an arts/music lover, try joining the music club or the string orchestra of your academy. You’ll find that the violin relates the most to a human voice, and that’s just what you need to wind down with after a day of school work and stress. Something you can play on to relax to! Plus, co-curricular activities can be used for school applications as well. In Singapore, this is termed as direct school admission (DSA), where you audition into the school with your co-curricular activity. Read more here
Wow! That was unexpected. People usually think that it’s just playing an instrument. What they don’t know is that there are actually more to it than just that. Your physical and mental state will improve. Aside from that, how you think of yourself will also change. Your confidence will get better and you your discipline will change. If you are not yet convinced that playing the violin is a good extra activity for yourself, then you should continue reading.
Michael Sanchez will share to us more about it and will give us five reasons why playing the violin is so rewarding.
5 Reasons Why Playing the Violin is so Rewarding
Life can be a challenging at times, which makes learning the violin that much more rewarding. I wanted to share the five most common reasons I’ve seen as a violin instructor as to why playing the violin is so rewarding.
- Playing violin challenges the mind
I’ve had many students in healthcare find enjoyment playing the violin because it seriously challenges their brain. Playing the violin takes coordination, and being able to work both the left and right hands simultaneously challenges our brain to do things it might have never been challenged to do before. One of the things that is most challenging for many violin beginners is the concept of having to keep both the bow hand and left hand relaxed, while also having to think about interpreting music at hand. Read more here
Those were just additional information about what learning and playing the violin can do to us and they are all amazing. If we want a more specific and detailed effects and benefits of playing the violin to the brain, then we could give you that. If we are already parents and we want our children to become smarter, then we could let them have violin lessons. Why is that? What is its relevance to the brain?
Christopher Bergland will explain to us why through his article which discusses how musical instruments can someone smarter.
Does Playing a Musical Instrument Make You Smarter?
Albert Einstein’s mother was a talented musician who made musical expression a part of daily home life when her children were growing up. Albert Einstein began playing the violin when he was 6 years old. By the age of 13, he was playing Mozart’s sonatas. Einstein once said, “Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” As the father of a 6-year-old, I am grateful that my daughter has developed a love of playing both the piano and violin. Did you play a musical instrument growing up? Do you continue to play an instrument today? A new study from Boston Children’s Hospital found a correlation between musical training and improved executive function in both children and adults. Previous studies have identified a link between musical training and cognitive abilities, but few have looked specifically at the effects of early musical training on executive function. Read more here
Great! We just concluded that playing musical instruments can improve the academic performance of a child. So if we want our children to be skilled in music and good in class, then letting them take violin lessons is a good way. There is no harm in trying. Though it may be expensive and difficult, it can be a rewarding experience to a person. Learning how to play the violin will not take all of your time. Instead of just sitting around and doing nothing, why not try a new thing? It can just be an extra activity for your extra free hours which could be beneficial for you as a whole person.