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My fingers flow swiftly across the eighty-eight keys of the piano. My stiff shoulders suddenly loosen. I am at peace. The world has suddenly become a dreamland of unicorns and cotton candy. My baby sister’s torturing wails slowly fade in the distance.She yawns, gently lays her head on my mother’s shoulders, and closes her eyes. Triumph. The house, once chaotic, is now filled with harmony.

I believe everyone should play a musical instrument.


People may argue that they don’t have the time or patience. Perhaps they should take into consideration its many benefits. Not only is it fun, it helps relieve stress, lower blood pressure levels, and aids kids and adolescents with insomnia and depression.

A conductor and composer for the Miami Symphony Orchestra was quoted as having said, “Socially, children who become involved in a musical group or ensemble, learn important life skills such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline.” This skill also teaches discipline and responsibility, because children have to set up a certain amount of time for practice. Mira Stulberg-Halpert, a woman who works with children who have ADHD, agrees that when nothing seems to be working on disciplining a child, music does. She has said, “Exposing kids to musical instruments is the key. They are naturally curious and excited about them, and the discipline that the parents and kids learn by sticking with it is a lesson in itself.”

Are you struggling with self-confidence? Do you ever feel very timid and shy? Playing a musical instrument can help build faith in yourself as you observe yourself do something splendidly.

Additionally, learning to play a musical instrument teaches patience, because it requires much endurance and work. The process of becoming a great player doesn’t happen overnight.

The skill also brings so much happiness. Whether you had a bad day, or things just aren’t working out for you, once you get your fingers to work, the music will lift your spirits.

Moreover, research shows that children who play a musical instrument do better in academics than those who don’t. The reason for this is that playing an instrument taps into the same brain function used to learn math and science. It also improves memory, because learning to play requires you to use both sides of your brain.

To summarize, I believe everyone should play a musical instrument. As Edward Elgar, a well-known English composer, said, “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” So lose no time and grasp the opportunity.

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