It is never too late to learn! Whether you are a young beginner student or an adult who used to play as a child and want to pick up where you left off, learning an instrument can be so much fun.
Studying music and drama enables students to acquire a valuable skill that brings immense personal satisfaction and pride throughout their life. Learning a new skill is a great deal of fun, but is also hard work. Everyone is different but we all share a common sense of satisfaction and personal achievement from studying music and drama.
Studying music and drama presents opportunities to nurture self-confidence through many individual and group performance opportunities each year. Performing to small and large audiences has a huge impact on a child’s confidence. Presentation and communication skills are one of the top employability skills desired by employers.
Studying an instrument instils self-discipline, critical thinking and dedication at a young age which can set the stage for success academically and in future careers. Multiple research studies have shown that many students who achieve success in music go on to become high performers academically. Learning an instrument is good for your brain, body and soul. Students who learn an instrument in their school years develop self-esteem and critical thinking skills. It also teaches discipline, achievement and is a huge stress reliever.
Music is a skill that once learnt will be with our students for the rest of our lives. Just like learning to ride a bike, you never forget how to play. Many top fortune 100 CEOs and entrepreneurs are musicians and still play today to escape the pressures of their high flying careers.
One part of being a musician and performing arts student that brings great pleasure to many young people is the social bonds that are formed. To meet and collaborate with students from other schools across the island and with similar tastes is always enjoyable. It’s like belonging to a youth club, only better because working on a common task – like preparing a concert or a show, undertaking a concert-tour or entering a competition – brings them all together so much more.
Learning an instrument is good for your brain, body and soul! Reading notes involves having to focus on timing, rhythm, counting and keeping the beat. It is a great sport for your brain and will keep your mind active throughout your life.
Students who learn an instrument in their school years develop self-esteem and critical thinking skills. It also teaches discipline, achievement and is a huge stress reliever.
Many students take their instrumental tuition in school, and have to miss “normal” lessons once in a while in order to do so. Experience shows that in very few cases is their long-term progress in the “normal” subjects badly affected. Partly this is because pupils who take instrumental tuition tend to be intelligent and well-motivated and have supportive parents, and of course these are just the kind of pupils who do well in most subjects. The self-discipline and organisational skills required to learn an instrument (and it does take a lot of discipline and organisation to remember when your lesson is each week, to remember to take your instrument and music to school, to set aside time in each busy day to practise, and to organise that practice time in a useful and productive way) will help in every facet of school life. By taking up a musical instrument children are more likely to become a better student, not a worse one.
So what are you waiting for? It is never too late to learn an instrument and develop skills that carry forward into the workplace!