Health Benefits of Learning a Musical Instrument as an Adult

Nov 9, 2018 8:08:00 AM / by Collington Care Consultant

Relieves Stress and Depressionguiter

There are many emotional benefits to playing music. Not only is music a wonderful way to express oneself, but music can also relieve stress and minimize depression. Stress negatively impacts mental health, so music is a good outlet to rid of stress. Different types of music can have different effects on your mood. Music therapy has also been found to have a positive impact on one’s mood and outlook. 


Improves Motor and Multi-sensory Skills

A particular study of participants who received piano lessons for 4 months found that their motor ability, attention, executive function, and inhibitory controls were better than the participants who did not receive lessons. Their mood, as well as their physical and psychological quality of life, were also improved. Because musicians use multiple senses at the same time, music can greatly enhance their multi-sensory skills.


Strengthens Social Bondssocial bonds

Music is something that can bring different people together from all over the world. Music creates a social bond between strangers, friends, bandmates, and other combinations of individuals. Personality traits, values, and musical preference are all said to impact social bonding. A few studies found that shared musical preferences increased a social bond between two people. The bond that can be found through music is one unlike any other.


Enhances Memory and Language

Learning to play a musical instrument can help improve someone's working memory and help with language. Music trains the brain and can grow your memory capacity. Studies have found that musical training can increase blood flow to the brain, specifically the left hemisphere that is associated with language processing.



We want to encourage you to learn an instrument and play music with fellow Collington residents. Exercise your brain, boost your mood, and have some fun.


Topics: senior living, Activities

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