Since the beginning of time, music has made the world go round. Music has been going on for a very long time, centuries, but it has become such an important part of our lives. With all the technologies, people can listen to it wherever they go. Playing a musical instrument is a hobby, or a passion for so many people around the world. For pianist Jan Lisiecki, it is a lot more than a passion. It has become a way for him to escape the real world and transport himself into another world. What other benefits does playing music have on human beings? Why should children, teenagers, and adults start playing a musical instrument? There are probably a lot more reasons than what you might think.
Jan Lisiecki, a nineteen year old pianist, started the art of music at the young age of five. His talent developed very quickly even though musical talent doesn’t run in his family. Eventually, he started playing with orchestras, in which he has been playing since the age of nine. He has even played for the Queen of England! For this young pianist, playing for the Queen wasn’t any more stressful than playing for anyone else: “Every audience is equally important even if it’s the Queen, five people, a thousand or ten thousand. Each person deserves a good interpretation.” Jan Lisiecki travels all over the world to give concerts, whether it’s in North America, South America, Europe or Asia. He also has three discs published, so that people can enjoy his interpretations of famous composers, such as Mozart and Chopin.
Many people play a musical instrument. It is said that about half of the world’s population plays or has played a musical instrument. The effects that art has on human beings are simply amazing. First off, music helps many students in school. Student musicians score an average of fifty-one points higher on the verbal section of the SAT examination (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and thirty-nine points higher on the mathematics section. Also, people who major in music are more likely to be admitted in medical schools. Some people who have played music for only eight months can see their spatial IQ rise forty-six percent. Another fact is that scholars who play one or more instruments normally have a higher GPA (Grade Point Average) than scholars who do not play an instrument. In fact, the number of students who graduate from a school with a music program is almost always higher than schools without one by almost twenty percent, on average. Finally, people who play a musical instrument are usually better in school. For example, Jan Lisiecki skipped four grades in school, which made him graduate from high school at a younger age than most. Playing music can have very positive consequences on students’ grades.
Playing a musical instrument also has effects on people’s everyday lives. For the brain, playing music is like a workout for the body, because it is one of the only activities that uses and triggers the full brain. Therefore, people who play a musical instrument have a better memory most of the time. Jan Lisiecki says, “Music is a way to step back and be in your own world, especially with everything going so fast, like Facebook or Twitter.” Music helps to let out anger. For example, when I am angry, I will often go play a soft song on the piano to help me relax and think about something else. It helps me to get rid of all the anger that is boiling inside of me. Playing a musical instrument also helps people to be more patient and perseverant, for they have to have patience to practice every day and to persevere through it, even when it gets hard and we want to quit. Musicians, especially pianists, even have manifested a higher capability to think ahead. This probably comes from the fact that we have to memorize long pieces in preparation for a concert or contest. It definitely does not happen in the blink of an eye. Memorizing a long piece in preparation takes a very long time. All this proves that people should take up a musical instrument if they haven’t already.
Finally, music helps children in their development, school and life. To begin with, taking music lessons, for children, helps them to be able to memorize a lot better and to be able to pay attention for longer amounts of time. These two points are very useful for them in school. Studies show that youngsters who play music have lower chances of having disciplinary troubles at school or in other areas of their lives in the future. It has even been shown that they use a lot less drugs or alcohol throughout their lives. As the Simply Music Institute of Learning and Education says, “Ninety percent of preschool children that have music training display an enhanced ability to understand, define and explain words.” This is amazing, because children as young as four already radiate the benefits of music. According to Jan Lisiecki, “Everybody has music within them and it’s only a question of how it’s explored at any age.” Music also helps children to be more creative, whether it’s through an art project, writing an essay, or just their imagination. They are able to have better studying routines, as opposed to so many children these days who just play games on the computer and don’t worry about studying. Another benefit of playing music is that it helps a child’s sense of confidence to grow. As a result, they become more confident in themselves, whether it’s while playing in a concert or at school. Lastly, music helps children become less scared of going on stage as they get used to going on stage for concerts or contests. It can even give them a feeling of achievement.
Remember all of the benefits that come with learning a musical instrument. Of course, it costs money, it takes a lot of practice, and boy does it take a lot of perseverance, but with stubbornness and good will, we musicians are able to keep going and persevere. It can even bring happiness to the person playing the instrument and to all the people around him. People are happy to listen to music, especially when it’s a child or a teenager playing the instrument. Not everyone will become as famous as Jan Lisiecki, but the benefits are too great to skip playing music for that. Plato, a very important Greek philosopher, once said, “Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”