Top Benefits of Taking Music Lessons for Young Adults

In a recent study, it was found that 95% of Americans believe that music is an important part of an education [1].

Learning how to play music is a skill that many people have, and others envy.

Many of us wish that we had picked up a music skill as children.

And aside from being a great talent to have, music lessons have many benefits to reap.

The positive impacts that music has on children and young adults will help them throughout childhood and adulthood.

Read on to learn the top benefits of taking music lessons as a child or young adult.

Music lessons improve self-esteem

Top Benefits of Taking Music Lessons for Young Adults

Throughout our lives, we are always going to receive criticism. And often times, it can be difficult to learn how to take those criticisms and make them constructive.

But teaching your children music gives them the self-esteem they need to further develop as successful adults.

They are able to learn early on how to take constructive criticism and make it positive.

Performing in a public forum also improves self-esteem and builds confidence.

Music enhances academic performance

One of the best benefits of learning music is the high impact it has on a child’s academics.

Studies show that children who take music lessons are “likely to excel in all of their studies.”[2]

Music is a set of repetitive patterns. When children learn these patterns, they’re able to apply these types of skills to subjects such as mathematics.

Memorizing music helps students then move on to memorizing math times tables and addition. It also functions as a way to help children improve their memories for subjects such as science.

It aids in the development of physical skills

Hands-on learning is ideal for teaching children and young adults motor skills.

Learning music helps with this.

Instruments, specifically the drums, require the use of feet, hands, and arms. This helps them develop motor skills by learning rhythm and beat.

The piano helps children learn how to use both their hands and feet at the same time, enforcing their motor skills.

Skills learned in music help kids farther along in life as they develop skills for sports and other hobbies.

Learning music teaches patience

They say that patience is a virtue. And it is not often a skill that we learn immediately.

But learning music helps children learn the virtue of patience and discipline.

With so much instant gratification surrounding our children, it can be difficult for them to learn this skill quickly.

However, teaching children how to learn and play music gives them the patience to learn. It teaches them that we do not always learn things quickly, and things do not come instantly.


Learning how to read and play music is a skill that helps develop a child as they age.

The skills learned through playing music can be used in other areas of their lives, such as their academic and physical skills.

If you have played music as a child or an adult, what are some other ways music has benefited you? Let us know in the comments.

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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Kass Mulvany - March 25, 2018

Hi Stephanie, as a child, I learned piano and cello, and continued these studies (plus eisteddfods and exams) into my teenage years. This study did not increase my self-esteem. I believed my parents and teachers when they told me that you had to do your best, and I did. However, no-one told me that I was any good at what I was doing. I only found out as an adult with three children of my own, that the only reason my sister’s teacher had agreed to take me, the not-so-great piano player, was because I topped the country in my exam results – the highest ever recorded for Grade 7 piano.
I was terrified of exams and eisteddfods and used to develop stage fright to the point where I had diarrhoea and vomiting, and was afraid that either problem would hit me on stage (I spent the time before walking on stage in the toilets being very sick).
I was not told I was any good, and I was definitely made to realise I was only second-best to my sister. My parents and teachers did not tell me my results. My great love and vocation was dancing. My achilles tendon snapped and this career was shot.
I pursued science in my tertiary studies and have only come back to music in my later years (although I did take my children to folk music camps, where one and all were encouraged to have a go!) I do build and repair instruments and sing with my daughters. I now teach community singing and it has been the only worthwhile thing in my life at times, keeping me going when all was black. I was actively discouraged from singing as a child by my parents, but sang any way. I now get paid to sing and help others sing. I am only now beginning to believe that I am ok at music and that I have something to offer others. I believe passionately in the importance of music in education and became a science/performing arts specialist in my teaching career. However, music did not help my very low self-esteem. It was other people’s encouragement in my adult years that has done that.
A rigid classical approach in early music learning does more to discourage self-esteem, unless there is some positive feedback from those around you.
Goodness me! That was a big response to your article! Thankyou so much for continuing the discussion and promoting music, Stephanie. It’s importance in our lives as a creative, community-building, cross-generational, cross-cultural activity bringing joy and meaning to our existence is unsurpassed. Sincerely yours, Kass Mulvany.

Gwendolyn Hoff - March 26, 2018

Hello there from WIF.

Noelle - April 9, 2018

Hi I think your teacher was at fault for not praising you in you results. Your teacher never encouraged your parents to give you an extra something nice for doing so well. I do say things like that to my student parents and they say back does she not understand the amount of money I have paid up to date for her violin lessons? but I would replay you need to keep motivating. I think this is a lovely article and i would like to copy it and show it to my student parents.

Cobb - April 11, 2018

I would have to say there is a stickler tradition of perfection and continuous improvement to be sought out in the music teaching world, particulary in Eastern world cultures.

I don’t believe there should be praise where praise isn’t due, but if you were truly talented and were never given the credit of such, that is a terrible shame to music education, and I apologize on their behalf.

I hate to think that we cannot find a balance between praising mediocrity and scolding something so close to perfection. Teachers must learn to ENCOURAGE success, no matter the level of the student, but rather the growth and development they strive to achieve.

Todd Stauffer - June 4, 2018

I like how you said that taking music lessons and learning to play an instrument can help a child learn patience. We have a couple of kids who are not very good at waiting for anything. Helping them figure out exactly how they can be more patient is a benefit that I would really like them to receive.

Rosie Beckett - June 27, 2018

My daughter recently told me that she wants to learn how to play the piano, so I am glad that I found this article because I didn’t know that there are so many benefits of taking music lessons. You make a great point that it can improve self-esteem and this would be great for my daughter so that she can become more confident in herself. Also, the fact that it teaches patience is great because you cannot learn the skill immediately and it takes consistent effort.

Amy Winters - September 19, 2018

Thanks for pointing out that music lessons help improve a child’s self-esteem and ability to take constructive criticism. My daughter is in middle school, and she’s so self-conscious that any criticism sends her into an emotional spiral. I’ll definitely talk to her about taking music lessons to improve her self-esteem.

Adam - September 26, 2018

There are lots of online tutorials and videos that promise to help teach you any instrument, and all of it, for the price of just one private lesson with a real human tutor. All that might work for self-motivated grown-ups; but consider a real teacher for your child.

Elisabeth Southgate - August 1, 2019

I love that you talked about how taking music lessons can improve self-esteem and help you learn how to take constructive criticism and make it positive. These are the things I want to help develop in my children when I have them. I will have to tuck this away for future reference.


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