Learning to play a musical instrument is often seen as a skill that is best acquired in childhood or early adulthood. True, but the fact is – as the saying goes – it’s never too late. For adults wanting to pick up on the dream of playing music, you’re not alone!

Whether it’s the piano, guitar, violin, any other instrument or even vocals, here are some fun reasons why it’s worth giving it a shot!

At Capstone Music in Burlington, we’ve held the crown of “best music instruction” many years. It’s not by accident. It boils down to our talented teachers and approach. We provide learners the environment to learn “their way”. Whether that means dreaming of being in a band, playing for family, or embarking on a journey to become a concert pianist. We’ve got you covered.

Here we list 8 reasons why adult learners chose to take up music.

  1. Learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to exercise the brain.

Studies have shown that playing an instrument can improve cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. This is because playing an instrument requires the brain to multitask, which means that it must process multiple streams of information simultaneously. As a result, playing an instrument can help to keep the brain active and healthy, even in old age.

  1. Playing an instrument can be a great stress reliever.

Music has the power to evoke emotions and create a sense of relaxation, which is why many people turn to music when they’re feeling stressed or anxious. By learning to play an instrument, adults can create their own music and use it as a tool to reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health.

  1. Playing an instrument can provide a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort, but the rewards can be significant. As adults, we often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget to take time for ourselves. Learning to play an instrument provides an opportunity to step back, focus on something new, and feel a sense of accomplishment as we improve our skills.

  1. It’s a great way to meet new people!

Learning to play a musical instrument can be a great way to socialize. Joining a local community group or a band can provide opportunities to meet like-minded people who share a common interest. It’s never too late to make new friends, and learning to play an instrument is a great way to expand your social circle.

  1. For fun!

Whether it’s playing in a band, jamming with friends, or just practicing on your own, learning to play an instrument can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Playing music can bring joy to your life and create memorable experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come.

  1. Improve physical coordination and dexterity.

Playing an instrument requires fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which can be beneficial for older adults who may be experiencing a decline in these areas. In addition, playing an instrument can also help to improve posture and overall physical health.

  1. Fosters cultural enrichment.

Music is an important part of many cultures and learning to play an instrument can provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of different musical styles and traditions. It’s never too late to broaden your horizons and learn something new about the world around you.

  1. Provides a channel for personal expression and creativity.

When we play an instrument, we have the freedom to express ourselves and create something unique. Learning to play an instrument can be a way to tap into our inner creativity and express ourselves in a way that we may not have thought possible.

Why wouldn’t you follow your passion – at any age?

As a child, your exposure to music is often dependent on your parents or caregivers. Now, you’re in charge. So why not live your dream?

Whether it’s for the mental and physical health benefits, socialization opportunities, sense of accomplishment, or just for the sheer joy of playing music, there are many reasons why learning to play an instrument can be a fun and rewarding experience. So, why not pick up that guitar, sit down at the piano, or grab a set of drumsticks and start making music today!