Does Playing an Instrument Help with Anxiety?

You’ve probably heard that music as a whole can offer many health benefits, and playing an instrument can offer even more. While it is true that playing music can offer physical benefits, like increased hand/eye coordination and higher ability for muscle memory, it also offers mental benefits. It’s even true that playing an instrument can help with anxiety.

What Types of Anxiety Affect Our Children:

Every day your children can experience an array of things that can cause them to feel stressed and anxious. These can include, but are not limited to, schoolwork, bullies and a societal pressure to be perfect. With so many things affecting their psyches, your children need an outlet to relieve some of that anxiety before it worsens.

How Playing an Instrument Helps with Anxiety:

Physical Effects: Physically learning the control and effort required to play an instrument can help ease anxiety. Plus, physically listening to the pieces you’re learning can build a strong sense of physical recognition in the musician.

Relatable Experiences: Playing the same piece of music that a professional musician who has struggled with a similar situation as you plays, builds an inner sense of self-awareness, calming you from the anxiety you were previously feeling.

Vibration Effects: Studies have shown that playing music increases your body’s production of immunoglobulin A antibodies and can reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, based on the sound frequencies that come with playing an instrument.

Sometimes all you need to reduce your anxiety is to play your favorite song. Let Grace Music School help you achieve that peace. For more information or to schedule a lesson, call us at 631-239-6169 (Fort Salonga) or 631-470-9705 (Melville).



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