June 27, 2018

Here at All-in Music, we believe in sharing our musical knowledge and ability with young people. Here are 10 surprising reasons why you should start learning to play an instrument with us today:



1. Teaches Perseverance & Creates a Sense of Achievement

Learning to play an instrument takes up a lot of time and requires patience. During music lessons, a music tutor will set goals. Upon reaching these goals, we gain a sense of achievement and confidence in ourselves.


2. Increases Memory Skills

Picking up and learning an instrument can enhance our ability to create, store and retrieve memories. The parts of the brain that control our motor skills, hearing, ability to store and retrieve information all use stimulation to grow and become more active on a daily basis.



3. Therapy & Self-Expression

Performing and creating music can help us to express ourselves in a positive way. For some, music can become one of their most important outlets for their emotions and ideas. Problems with insomnia, depression and stress can be tackled by playing music as it can act as a vent for difficult thoughts and feelings.


4. Enhances Coordination

To play an instrument, our brains need to process information very quickly, often turning visual information into movement. This can lead musicians into having far improved hand-to-eye coordination than usual.



5. Improves Maths Skills

Music and maths go hand-in-hand. Understanding basic concepts of beat, rhythm and scales also teach us about division, fractions and help us learn to recognise patterns within music.


6. Boosts Reading & Comprehension Skills

Reading sheet music and tablature can help improve our ability to process and understand information. The synapses in your brain form new connections, which can lead to great improvement in the skills used to read, process and absorb information.



7. Creates Responsibility

Most instruments require ongoing maintenance. Once you have your own instrument, you are advised to keep it in fully functional condition to ensure its play-ability is kept as high as possible. This will grants an attitude of care towards our own equipment and actually encourages us to practice more and progress faster!


8. Refines Listening Skills

Learning an instrument requires us to listen closely to many different things at once. Taking instructions, listening out for a particular rhythm or melody and speed are all required when learning to play. This also greatly improves our listening skills when applied to the outside world.



9. Develops Social Skills

In addition to one-on-one tuition, group or band sessions at All-in Music are also available. These sessions require multiple young people to collaborate on certain pieces of music, and teaches them how to apply their instrument or voice into a group scenario. Working towards a collective goal is a great way to socialise and communicate with others.


10. Exposure to Culture & History

Ranging musical styles and genres offer many tastes of culture and the time periods that their composition reflects upon. We can trace back the history of Rock and Pop to The Beatles and Hip-Hop back to James Brown and early DJ’s to learn more about the music that we are learning and listening to.


To apply for music tuition at All-In-Music please find and complete our referral form via the 'Apply / Make a referral' button on our home page: https://www.southendymca.org.uk/music

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