By Gina K.
Although we can relate music to our health through programs such as musical therapy, it’s harder to think about the connection between playing an instrument and health. In fact, many researchers have shown the positive effects of playing instruments on physical and mental health.
According to an article on Penn Medicine News, playing an instrument may be one of the best ways to help keep the brain healthy as it engages every major part of the central nervous system. For example, playing the violin and cello requires the many functions of our body to perform different tasks at the same time, such as reading the scale or moving the figures. These diverse body and cognitive performances can improve our memory and brain activity.
Another reason that playing an instrument is good for one's health is its role as a stress reliever. Playing an instrument helps people gain positive energy as they activate their body and interact with musical elements. It can be more beneficial than just listening to music, because listening to the beautiful sounds you create comes with greater enjoyment. In addition, playing an instrument involves some physical activity. Playing an instrument such as a saxophone or oboe requires many breaths, which can improve the respiratory system. Playing an instrument like a piano or guitar also involves body strength, building muscle while improving posture.
I was lucky to learn many musical instruments as I grew up, including violin, piano, guitar, and flute. Although it’s difficult to learn instruments and takes time to master one, it’s a good way to improve our mental and physical health.