10 Reasons You Should Learn Music Reading

If music is the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the best writers in history, and few lines are as famous, or oft-repeated as this one above.

Music is something that unites us all. Maybe not in a common taste, or a single underlying belief that a particular genre of music is more real than others. Music speaks to us in its own way.

We hear a song on the radio, and it resonates on a personal level with us. Yet it holds a different meaning to somebody else.

That is the power of music.

What about not just listening to music, but reading it? Do you know that there are a number of benefits that are linked to being able to read music?

Let’s take a look at the top ten reasons why people should learn how to read music.

Music Reading Gives you a Bigger Brain

That’s right.

Studies have shown that musicians, and those that play a musical instrument in some capacity, have a larger, stronger brain as a result.

Reading music challenges out brains, and combined with the fact that most of the time, when reading music you are also playing an instrument, means the mental workout you get is a good one [1].

The more we understand a language, the better we can read it, and interpret what is being told to us, in newspapers, books, etc.

Music is no different.

The better you can read music, the more understanding of it you will have, and as a result, the music you create will have that much more feeling behind it.

Learn How to Read Music For Career Success

Do those that know how to read music really do better in school?

Investigations into this claim have revealed that over 75% of all Silicon Valley CEO’s have musical training, which includes playing an instrument and an understanding of how to read music [2].

It has also been noted that those who study music, have shown themselves to perform better in the math and science subjects.

This is because when you read music, your brain changes. Your ability to learn expands and gives you additional avenues through which you can absorb information in other areas of your life.

Here’s how to read music:

Reading Music Can Help Calm an Agitated Mind

We live in a busy world. One that is constantly on the go, and rarely does it freely give a chance for us to stop and unwind.

Music is a way for us to carve out a little space to unwind, relax and let the stresses of the day melt away.

Imagine you know how to play the guitar. You can always stop what you are doing, pick up your instrument lose yourself to the world of song and melody.

Let the music flow, and your mind will travel with it.

Songs tell a story after all, and stories have been used since long before the written word, to entertain and distract.

You don’t need to have the biggest of the best guitar on the market. As long as you can sit down and play, you have the tools you need to de-stress and calm your agitated mind.

Music can help those with Autism or ADHD Find their Focus

Autism is a broad spectrum disorder. If affects millions of people across the globe. Yet, music is a common component of therapy sessions for those on the spectrum.

Not only because of the impact it has on the brain, on expanding our capabilities to learn, but also because it’s a relaxing exercise.

Music is not about hit singles, or even creating something that has to sound beautiful to the ears of everybody that listens.

Music is art, and art does not need an explanation to be good.

It is about expression, and for those that have a difficult time putting their feelings into words, or translating the feelings of others, music can help bridge that gap.

There are a great number of instruments out there, and even a simple beginners keyboard could prove to be a life-changing item for some.

Learn How to Read Music to Boost your Self Esteem

Many people suffer from low self-esteem. If can be a crippling experience and something that can strike out of nowhere.

Those can choose to learn how to read music are setting themselves up for a confident future.

If you can read music and play your instrument, then getting up on stage and playing in front of others is going to boost your confidence no end.

Not only will you get the rush of being on the stage and having the crowd applaud your efforts, but you will have that knowledge in the back of your mind forever.

You know you can get up in front of a packed house and rock like Lemmy on your brand new bass guitar, and that is something that will change the way you approach everything in life.

Reading Music will Improve your Memory

How often do you see a musician reading music on stage? Rarely right?

Well, that is not because those musicians didn’t learn how to read music, but because they have committed their songs to memory.

Musicians need to store a lot of data when they learn new material.

To do that their brains have developed a different way of not only storing but recalling data when needed.

Musicians have been shown to use different neural pathways when it comes to storing data.

This is not something that is a conscious choice. It just happens and will help you remember much more than just the notes for the next song on the playlist.

Those Who are Able to Read Music Make Better Listeners

Reading music is not only about reading and repeating. It’s about understanding.

You need to listen to the melody both in your head as you read, or even write the songs down, and when you are playing them.

Small changes can make a big difference and musicians develop an ear for this.

The ability to listen is something that can hold great value in life, and there are a lot of doors that can be opened by those that possess such a skill.

When you Learn How to Read Music You are Building Dedication

Dedication to a cause is something less prevalent in the modern world. People want everything instantly and without trouble.

Yet, that is not how life works.

Those that can read music understand that it takes time and commitment to master an art in any form.

Nobody wakes up knowing how to read music. It takes time, it takes practice and it takes dedication.

A dedication that can be transferred into other areas of life.

Learn how to read music today and you are setting yourself up for a confidence and committed future.

Reading Music Can Help Refine and Maintain your Fine Motor Skills

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to learn how to read music. The health benefits can be great not only for those looking to boost their brain power of concentration but for those that need something to help refine their fine motor skills.

For example, learning how to play the piano requires a dexterity that will help those playing keep their fine motor skills sharp.

Whether a child who is still developing or a senior citizen is looking to stay vibrant, music offers the way forward.

Music is Downright Fun

At the end of the day, music is just good fun [3]. Being able to learn how to read music, at any age, is opening up your soul to the world. Express yourself through music, live through it, and the art it creates.

Whether you read for fun, to learn as many instruments as you can, or because you and your buddies want to form a band in your mom’s garage. And did you know that playing in a band has a lot of benefits?

Reading and playing music is a part of life, ingrained into us, from the classicists to the rockers.

Live life, love life and have a blast doing it.

Music is one way to do all three with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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