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Keep it casual. Play it cool. We have so many different phrases for not taking things very seriously. This isn’t just a phenomenon for Christian teenagers, though. The world today has taught us to not get too invested in anything. The problem is that that leaves us as jacks of all trades and masters of none. So if you’re someone who enjoys playing music (and maybe even creating a little of your own), we think it’s time for you to get serious about it. Not because we want to suck the joy out of the process, but because you should give something you love your full effort. If that’s not enough incentive, we can also Jesus juke you with 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says “...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Still not convinced? Here are seven good reasons for Christian teenagers like yourself to get serious about your music.
You’ve Got So Much Time!
It may not seem like it right now, but teens today have so much free time. Sure, you’re in school for about half the day and you might have some homework or a test to study for, but that still leaves you with several hours per day that you can use for hobbies like playing music. We know that a few of you are currently giving it everything you’ve got in between band practice, sports, clubs, and so on. For those select individuals, we congratulate you on an excellent use of time. On the other hand, studies show that the average Netflix user spends at least 90 minutes a day on the service and that teens spend even more time watching videos on YouTube. We’re not saying that you have to throw away your smartphone, ditch your friends, and go live in the woods with your guitar, but you probably have plenty of time for music if you know hot to manage your schedule. Compared to an adult’s schedule of going to work, cooking meals, shopping, taking care of kids, commuting, etc., Christian teenagers have a sizable time advantage.
Music is One of the Best Hobbies You Can Have
Playing an instrument can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming. It’s also one of the best hobbies you can have. When things finally click and you’re able to do more than you ever imagined with an instrument, it’s downright euphoric. Not only do you get the sense of accomplishment and the joy of creating something, but playing an instrument is actually good for your brain! It may not give your parents the same satisfaction as something like math club or being all-state in basketball, but playing music is something that can definitely pay off with the development of your mind.
Playing an Instrument Could Help You Get Into College
In fact, music can help your mind so much that it may even help you get into college. For Christian teenagers who haven’t quite made it to the circus that is college admissions, you have to always be on the lookout for advantages that will help you get to the school of your choice. Scholarships are certainly one of the most important things to watch for, but long before you pay for school you’ll need to do everything you can to make yourself look awesome to those who decide admissions. There are many ways to distinguish yourself from the thousands of other incoming freshmen, but music is a good place to start. The important thing is not that you simply play an instrument, but that you take it seriously and have achieved something with it. That means playing for several years, winning a contest, or a number of other interesting highlights. This is why getting serious about the music you play is important right now.
Music Brings Christian Teenagers Together
Have you ever wondered why 10,000 strangers would want to gather in an arena to see someone like Billy Joel or Foo Fighters perform? Aside from whomever the performer is, a big reason is that music brings people together. Whether you are at a music festival or something more spiritual like the Passion conferences, we see that music has the ability to speak to each of us in a certain way. Even at church, a powerful worship song can make all the difference in a service. While that connection alone is a pretty good reason for getting serious about your instrument, we also see that music can bring people together on a smaller scale. For instance you may form a band with a couple of other guys at your high school. If nothing else, being a talented musician may introduce you to people you otherwise would have never met.
The More You Play, the More You Grow
Do you ever dream that you will one day be able to pick up the violin and perform the most amazing piece of your life? Well if you’re not putting in the work necessary to crush that song, then dreaming is as close as you’ll ever get to your goal. Having the discipline to practice your instrument of choice is one of the most important aspects of growing as a musician. You have to reject the idea that your natural talent is all that matters. Push yourself. Get serious about your music and see what happens.
It May Be a Career Path One Day
While it may be easier to think about your hobby of music as just that, there are plenty of success stories out there about Christian teenagers forming a band or hitting the road solo. Now it’s safe to say that your career may not look the way you imagine it. You may end up being an audio engineer, a studio musician, or a band’s manager, but your knowledge of music is vital to any job within the industry. If you think your chances of working in music are a long shot, just think about how many people are involved in the process of recording albums, setting up tours, and performing in clubs and arenas all around the country. You are correct, however, if you plan to just piddle around with a guitar every now and then. If it’s not something you truly care about, then perhaps your chances of making money from music are low after all.
Music Can Boost Your Creativity in Other Areas
As we said before, music has the ability to give your brain a real boost. When you can string notes together and write original material, we know that your mind is learning to think on the fly and making sense of the relation between notes. You can find several articles online that boast the incredible difference that music can make in your body. Just within the framework of fine arts, however, it’s no stretch to see how music can help you better express yourself. Christian teenagers need this skill just as much as anyone else.
So these are a few of the best reasons why Christian teenagers should get serious about their musical pursuits. You don’t have to be leading worship on Sundays or opening for Lauren Daigle on tour in order to use your skills. If you’re just starting to learn a new instrument or you’ve been playing it for years, it’s never too late to set new goals for yourself. Push your practice time into high gear and see what cool new things you can accomplish.
Camp Electric is a music camp for kids who want to learn from some of the biggest names in Christian music. Our instructors have already walked the path from beginner to sold out shows and now they want to help the next wave of musicians do the same thing. Find out how you can be a part of the year’s biggest Christian music camp by clicking on the link below.