Why should I take music lessons? The physical benefits of learning a musical instrument

Playing a musical instrument sounds like a nice hobby for kids to have. They join the school band for a few years. Perhaps play a solo or two for your aging relatives. And eventually they quit. Over 50% of all adults who once played a musical instrument no longer do. Often because to the individual or their parents, music lessons just weren’t worth the investment.

So what are the benefits of taking music lessons?

Well if you’re wondering if music should be a priority, I’d recommend looking at our previous article on why music is still important during the quarantine. If you’d like some more specific answers, read on my friend.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at different benefits of taking music lessons. For now we’ll focus on the physician benefits.

Taking music lessons can improve your posture.

Playing with good posture is one of the first things you learn in music lessons. We all cringe a bit when we see a violinist with their scroll pointed at the ground. Or when we see a pianist hunched over on the bench. You can rest assured we value good posture in our music lessons at Open Music Institute. Posture can make all the difference between a violinist with an angelic tone and one who sounds like an elephant is sitting on their bow.

Posture has more benefits than just musical tone though. Having good posture can protect you from numerous forms of tension and pain as you grow older, grow your core strength and even increase your confidence. If you’re curious about the mental benefits of good posture, check out this Ted Talk by Dr. Amy Cuddy:

Taking music lessons can improve your coordination.

Have you ever tripped over your own feet or dropped an armful of books and wished you were more coordinated? Well music can help with that too. One of the primary physical effects of learning a musical instrument is improved hand eye coordination. Playing an instrument requires the student to use both hands on the instrument while reading sheet music.

Improved hand eye coordination can contribute to better reaction times, stronger athleticism and increased productivity. Hand eye coordination also has links to mental and social skills. Read more about the effect increased hand eye coordination has on your brain here:

Taking music lessons can improve your breathing.

While you may only think of breathing with wind or brass instruments, all types of instruments require good, deep breathing. We’ve all had the experience of walking up the stairs or taking a short jog and feeling more winded than we’d like to admit. And some of that does have to do with physical fitness as you might expect. But much has to do with how you’re breathing.

Deep breathing can have multiple benefits including reduced stress, increased lung function, and added energy. Deep breathing has so many more positive effects, but those are the primary ones. If you’re interested in researching more about deep breathing, this article would be a good place to start.


All that to say, music lessons are great for your physical health! Here at Open Music Institute, our goal is to make every student a #forevermusician. Of course, these benefits will only increase the longer you play the instrument, and we hope all of our students, whether they make a career out of music or not, go on to play their instrument forever.

If you’re interested in signing you or your child up for violin lessons, viola lessons, or ukulele lessons, fill out the contact form down below! You can find additional information on our homepage or policies page, but we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. So consider improving your physical health and sign up for online music lessons today!

Here’s to everyone becoming a #forevermusician.

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