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You’re Never Too Old to Learn to Play a Musical Instrument Here’s Why…

08 Feb You’re Never Too Old to Learn to Play a Musical Instrument Here’s Why…

It’s important to keep learning; studies have shown that adults who participate in continued learning throughout their life experience tremendous cognitive benefit. But the science has also shown that the greatest benefits seem to come from learning a new activity; learning something entirely new, foreign. No, there are no shortcuts (Although there are certain apps on our cell phones that claim to be the next best thing), but with a little work, and with a little bit of time, you can learn and patriciate in something that could completely change your life. The activity you choose is completely up to you (check the Billings Adult Community Education Catalog for a number of course offerings). Here are a few of the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument… 

Music engages our many senses—in addition to hearing. For instance, when we read music we use or eyes, and when we play an instrument we use our sense of touch. We hone our fine motor skills. And when we listen to music our emotional centers are engaged in a way that connects us to the music we’re playing. It also helps to engage our memory skills, and our language skills are increased through musical training. Our literary skills are greatly enhanced by the stimulus that is reading and following music. Studies have shown that the act of playing music better connects the two halves of our brain; there are nerve fibers that connect the halves of our brain and it appears that musicians have larger-than-average fibers. Also, studies have shown that musicians have larger-than-average areas within the brain responsible for visual-spatial, movement, and hearing. 

But these many benefits to learning a musical instrument, of which there are many, can be applied to other skills. The most important aspect of learning is learning. It really doesn’t matter what the skill is, as long as it’s something that’s new. If you have any questions about the many classes offered at through Billings Adult Community Education, then check the catalog.

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