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As we grow up, the idea of finding hobbies and pursuing new goals is one notion each teenager is confronted by. Sports, social clubs, and academic programs are often designed to help kids find themselves and develop a bond with certain people or skill sets. A hobby enjoyed by many teenagers and adults alike is the playing of music on an instrument. If you’re asking yourself, “Should I learn how to play an instrument,” we’ve got several reasons for you to give it a shot. Think about it and see if becoming a musician sounds like the right choice for you.
A Creative Outlet
We all need some kind of creative outlet. For some people its something hands-on, like gardening or working on cars. Others enjoy painting or playing music. Whatever you prefer, the goal of these creative outlets is (1) to get lost in an activity that takes you away from your daily grind and (2) to express yourself. Music is one of the best creative outlets you can choose because there are many applications through which you can explore it and it’s relatively easy to create your own material. Maybe you want to learn how to play classic rock songs on guitar. That’s great! Perhaps you want to write your own songs and perform them from behind a piano. Sounds amazing! Either way, playing music could be the perfect creative outlet. You just have to find what you love doing and pursue that.
Meeting New People
A common reason why teenagers gravitate toward certain hobbies is because these activities are where their friends can be found. A teenage guy may not have much interest in joining the Knowledge Bowl team, but if his friends are doing it, there is a solid chance he’ll try it out. On the other hand, for some people the joy of beginning a new skill is that the journey can be done all on their own. It’s a personal activity they can have all to themselves.
The truth, though, is that learning how to play an instrument is one hobby which often leads to the development of new friendships and networking opportunities. If you play in the marching band, you’re going to find a whole host of new people with whom you have shared experiences. You could easily start your own garage band or just share tips and secrets with fellow musicians who like to talk about their craft. It’s up to you how much you want to get involved, but learning an instrument is a great way to meet new people.
Teach Yourself Discipline When You Learn How to Play an Instrument
Discipline is an important skill for any person to learn and it’s something every musician knows is vital. Taking on an instrument means you are signing up for a job where you are your own boss. The business of you as a musician is only going to stay afloat if you’re willing to put in the hours. Between managing your time and essentially teaching yourself a new language, you’re going to learn a lot about what it means to be disciplined. Mastering this skill will not only mean good things for you as an instrument player, but as a growing and advancing young adult.
Why Should I Learn How to Play an Instrument? It’s Fun!
We can go on and on about the many benefits to playing an instrument, but it’s possible none of that will mean as much to you as the truth that creating music is fun. Does it take a lot of work to become a great musician? You bet. What makes all of that work worthwhile is the joy of making music and connecting with others through it. Once you’ve mastered the basics and you can begin to string together full songs or original work, you’re going to love possibilities. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to play rock n roll in front of large crowds or you simply want to enjoy the cello within the confines of your own home. Excelling at a task like making music is a lot of fun.
Strengthening Your Brain and Body
Telling a young child vegetables are good for them is a risky proposition but we hope this message is received better by teenagers and young adults: Music is healthy for you. Research has shown the healing and strengthening powers of music. A mind never challenged is one that will grow old quickly and possibly never reach its full potential. By choosing to learn how to play an instrument, you are making a wonderful choice for your body. Just like playing sports can help you make advances in hand-eye coordination, music allows for us to master our movements in a similar fashion.
Learning to Play Music Boosts Confidence
The teenage years can be a hard time for building confidence. Our bodies are changing, school is getting harder, and we constantly find ourselves thrust into new situations like driving and dating. Learning how to play an instrument is a clever way for us to administer a boost in confidence to ourselves. In the beginning, playing an instrument is difficult, but with each new skill acquired we feel like we can handle a little more. If you’re playing the guitar, this string of victories begins with mastering a few chords, then a whole song, and so on. Musicians who set incremental and attainable goals for themselves allow for measurable progress that leads to newfound confidence.
This is the Time to Explore
Your teenage years are the perfect time to get out there and try something new. High school and college are full of amazing opportunities to pick up new hobbies and blaze a trail all your own. You have seasonal breaks, little-to-no bills, and some of the strongest friendships you’ll ever enjoy. Why not go all in and learn how to play an instrument? In 20 years, you may find it too difficult to pick up the required skill set when you’re raising your own kids and worrying about adult problems. Take advantage of the time you have today.
It’s Not Too Late to Learn How to Play an Instrument
Experts say the best time to learn a new instrument is when you are very young. Maybe the reason why you haven’t learned to play music as a teenager is that you felt like you missed our chance. Although kids who picked up the violin at an early age may enjoy an advantage over someone starting out as a high school junior, that doesn’t mean the older person is going to miss out on all of the great incentives for playing, many of which we’ve discussed above. It’s never too late to learn how to play an instrument. If this is something you’ve always wanted to do, there’s no reason to put it off any longer. Get out there and create something unforgettable!
Camp Electric is a place for Christian musicians aged 13-19 to come and learn from the very best teachers in guitar, keys, vocals, drums, and more. Our instructors come from today’s most popular Christian bands and they’re eager to help you advance through workshops, classroom discussion, and competition. Find out how you can become our next student by clicking on the link below.