Music creates movement. It is the greatest force of our time and has been for years and years. It brings people together, creates bonds and sets the tone for your environment. There’s nothing he can’t do!
As teenagers, we are obsessed with music, but not all of us have thought about creating some ourselves. Teenagers have a lot of free time on their hands. Many spend countless hours scrolling through their phones or watching movies, which is fine once in a while.
But when you have endless hours doing nothing at home, playing an instrument can fill you with a passion you never imagined. If you’re a busy person, you can always pick up an instrument and find the time to do it.
As a teenager who plays multiple instruments (piano, flute, trumpet, ukulele, trombone), I can assure you of the benefits of playing an instrument in high school so you know what you’re getting into, and let me tell you that you are embarking on something big!
When trying something new, it’s essential to get out of your comfort zone. It is the beginning of a new journey charged with personal growth. When you play an instrument, you most likely play in front of people, which can take years to get used to.
This is what builds confidence! The better you are at playing your instrument, the more you are able to express your confidence in your performance, drawing positive attention and compliments to your talent. However, it doesn’t just give you confidence in your game. It can also give you confidence in yourself as a whole.
During the learning process, you will make many mistakes. Your confidence will grow by learning from these mistakes and taking them as lessons rather than failures. As a young musician, I made millions of playing mistakes, but it’s by taking them into account that you improve, so that’s actually a good thing!
Playing an instrument as a teenager helps you learn to accept and correct your mistakes instead of dwelling on them. This is an important skill that can be applied to real life situations.
As you practice and make mistakes, you’ll notice that there are certain things you need to do to sound good and stay focused. Whether it’s repeating a bar a thousand times to get it right, or sitting up straight with great posture to make your sound sound as good as you sound, these little actions and habits are a form of self-discipline. You have to take your game seriously and be determined in order to improve.
I hope that if you love the instrument you play, you will develop a passion for it. Having a passion for what you do will help you get the awesome results you’re looking for in your game. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll stick with it.
However, you may not immediately like what you are doing. It can be hard to like something you’re not good at yet. Once you become more proficient with your instrument, you will hopefully develop a passion for it, which is a huge stepping stone in your musical growth.
Passion is what connects you to others who relate to that same passion. It’s something we talk about and playing an instrument is something people do together. It builds a community.
Discovering that others share a passion with you is an easy way to connect with them and find more people like you. These people who share these similarities will most likely be friends that you will keep for a long time or even for the rest of your life!
Cure of boredom
In addition to being on your phone all the time, pick up your instrument and make some music! Practice is a good way to cure the boredom of a long day when you can’t think of anything to do.
Maybe you don’t have work that day and want to stay home, but you don’t know what to do. Playing an instrument is a great way to relieve this boredom. Once you pick up your instrument (or sit down in front of your instrument) and play a few notes, your boredom will go away.
Getting involved in your school group is another thing you can do to solve a boredom problem. This will inspire you to commit to your instrument and not get lazy with it. This will force you to practice and give you music to practice that suits your skill level.
It will also help you improve a lot because you will be playing your instrument often instead of playing at home whenever you want, which can be once a week.
At school, you can join a wind band, jazz band, marching band, marching band, or orchestra. Depending on the school you attend, you may have a choice or you may have to do all of the above if you don’t play a string instrument. You can attend many football games to play the halftime show and play in the cheering band. You can take part in marching or band competitions.
You can play in honor bands if you get really good, where you can make a bunch of new friends from different schools. If your school is going on a trip with the band, you can travel and also audition for other honor bands where you can also travel. There are so many opportunities that will test your musical skills and help you have fun.
A passion for music can easily spark a career. Maybe you’ve always wanted to compose your own music or transpose other songs to suit the instrument you play. Playing an instrument in high school can lead you down a new path that you never imagined you would go down.
The passion you can gain from playing an instrument is irresistible and it’s something that will stick with you for the rest of your life, so why not do something more with that skill?
By playing an instrument, you will most likely memorize music. It means repeating phrases over and over and over again. It can be tedious, but you’ll soon find that you remember how to play certain songs because you’ve played them over and over. Playing an instrument increases your memory capacity, which also makes it easier for you to remember other things.
Playing an instrument promotes the growth of the parts of your brain that control motor skills. These skills are physical skills such as using your fingers to play your instrument.
It boosts your concentration, allowing you to concentrate for longer periods of time while playing with others in a band or orchestra. Some studies even say that playing an instrument increases your IQ by seven points!
Another great benefit of playing an instrument is that it hones your time management and organizational skills. This is important for knowing when and how long to practice as well as for sorting the music.
An increase in notes is also another benefit that can occur when playing an instrument. Studies show that students who play instruments tend to get better grades in school.
Bonding with others around music and making friends is a guarantee when you join a band or orchestra. You need to talk with your Section as well as other Sections to discuss the music, ask questions, and put on a great show. It is important to communicate with each other to determine what is needed and to encourage each other.
Being part of a band or an orchestra is like being part of a sports team. If you don’t communicate, nothing will be accomplished. It is therefore important to discuss with your bandmates/orchestra during the rehearsal.
Making friends is one of the most fun parts of playing an instrument. You find people like you who share an interest in music. It’s a good time to be social and make lasting connections.
If you play in a band or orchestra rather than playing alone at home, it’s a good idea to practice with everyone or your section or a friend you’ve made who is in a band or orchestra. It’s a great way to bond with others and not have to practice alone all the time. It’s great fun to practice with others and hear how the sounds fit together.
Websites for sheet music and beginners
Here are some websites where you can find music suitable for your skill level and other materials for beginners below.
JW Pepper sheet music: https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/welcome.jsp
Sheet Music Plus: https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/
Music notes: https://www.musicnotes.com/
You can google a metronome and it will give you a virtual one. I also suggest researching scales to help you practice notes and what exactly scales are.
To know the notes of the scales, you will need a fingering chart, or if you don’t have an instrument that requires it, some kind of chart for strings or percussion.
What is your musical horizon?
Playing an instrument is not just playing an instrument. It’s all of these things put together that make for a great experience while making music.
This hobby or profession promotes personal growth, benefits the brain, and improves mental health by relieving stress and expanding your social circle.
There is no downside to this listing. If you already play an instrument, you now have a better understanding of why it’s so good for you, and if not, now is the time to pick one up and start enjoying those benefits.