5 Reasons Why the Elderly Should Advance Their Music Skills
Picture this. You’re at a pre-COVID party with family and friends. The energy inside the room is nothing but positivity for the rest of the night and nothing can bring you down.
All of a sudden, everyone moves to the living room and to your surprise, it’s Stephen at 12 years of age playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 on the piano, something he learned from his music classes at Muzart Music School.
You start to smile with pride because such a symphony takes time to perfect and you start to wonder ‘Can I learn how to play piano at my age? Could I attend a music class or even take up a new instrument?”
To that, the answer is Yes and lies within this blog about why YOU, if you’re the elderly person reading this looking to attend a piano school or just another reader to see a different point of view on the benefits of attending, should act upon the opportunity and give the next chords of music you play a run for Stephen’s money.
1. It Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
After more than half a century of dealing with your children, bills, and having to make the same commute each day to work, you’ve reached the period in your life where time isn’t to be taken for granted and those days of sitting back to watch the numerous game shows can finally happen.
However, as time passed, you start to notice a rise in your blood pressure and after a visit to the doctor, you begin to question whether you yelled too much at your children or if this came from all the retirement paperwork.
Of course, taking certain medication can help lower your blood pressure and a few deep breaths keep you at ease, but what if I said playing an instrument becomes a method that can also keep you at ease and a hobby to improve upon?
At Muzart Music School, our group kids piano classes allow you to work with others and form relationships, however, with private lessons, it’s just you and one of our experienced instructors to help achieve whichever roadblock appears on your journey.
Numerous studies have shown that playing an instrument no matter your age can produce dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters within the mind which activate the pleasure and reward systems to regulate your mood and the way your muscles function whereas serotonin controls body temperature and appetite, respectively. *
If a one-on-one lesson is your preference to feel relaxed and focused, it’s safe to say once you take a seat, play around with the musical apparatus of your choice, and realize you’ve just created the beginning of a great song, it’s just you and the chords at your own pace. Talk about an enjoyable experience.
2. It’ll Increase Self Esteem
With kids’ piano classes, our instructors at Muzart look to ensure students will have a great understanding towards the basics of playing the piano with their first few chords and later learning how to play a variety of songs.
Because of this opportunity, music classes allow children enrolled in our piano school to meet new friends and create bonds to work together in an effective manner.
However, with music classes for adults, the passion lies in taking up a hobby or returning to the wonderful world of music, and with a variety of instruments readily available, signing up is only a few clicks away on that phone your grandkids helped set up for you!
I’m sure you’d feel anxious about opening the doors to a piano school, an environment where you’ll find a youthful presence and more or less not people close to you in age, but this shouldn’t deter you by any mean
Even thinking of the idea to take up the piano, for instance, is the first step towards success and boosts your self-esteem even more than you think.
You did more than your buddies from university Leonard and John whose conversation topics revolve around how loud the raindrops have gotten this time of the year and if they should do an elderly week on the Price is Right.
Following through with the sign-up process at Muzart and getting to know your instructor and how they’ll help you is your next step and one that proves to be valuable.
Here at Muzart, each private music class looks to inspire everyone to leave happy and motivated to continue creating!
That’s exactly how you’ll feel once you begin the melody of Mary Had A Little Lamb and work your way up to Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer because you can do it and the stress that would come with ‘I can’t play music & what if it’ll sound bad?’ will disappear in the air once you adapt to your new work environment (sorry to use the w word) and advance this new skill.
3. You’ll Be More Productive
As humans, we inherit the need throughout the day to do something that’s different from the day before and majority of the time, we don’t even notice it.
Even the simplest thing as choosing a BLT for breakfast over cold cereal is one step to help better your digestive system one day at a time and can help morph into a habit.
The same applies for music and how it’s better to spend your time in the beginning pressing numerous piano chords to find the right melody for the song you’re looking to replicate in music class one day and then the next music classes that follow becoming those moments you act upon the opportunity and start playing.
Music allows you to be productive no matter the amount of time you put in and can be a habit continuously improved upon and it can allow you to set goals for yourself until you’ve produced a full song on your own and can take a satisfactory deep breath to prove its worth as something to learn.
4. Memorization Skills on point, as the kids say
Within kids’ piano classes, they’re taught which notes are on the chords in front of them and how each chord will make a different sound or a combination to produce a melody.
These memorization skills prove to be extremely helpful in their schoolwork and once they start their journey in the workplace to help retain information more effectively, according to studies.
At the elderly stage of life, memorization skills wouldn’t seem like the biggest priority for a skill to improve upon, but surprisingly, it’s to your benefit.
For instance, remember the days when you’d help out with chores and your parents gave you a list to be imprinted into your mind and completed before they come upstairs?
This was just the start to help mold the foundation of being asked later on in the workplace by the person higher-up than you to do a certain job and you acted upon it and did it up until the day of your retirement decades after.
The point here is, memorization is a skill that stays with you for life and, pun intended, is something you can’t forget.
Once you start pressing the different keys on the piano or have a good understanding of which chord is B or D on your guitar from the help of your Muzart Instructor(s), you’ve memorized the right melodies to play and the ones to remember for later.
Now I don’t want to say I told you so, reader, but I told you so!
5. Time to Keep Your Eyes on Your Instrument with Hand eye coordination
When it comes to the skills we improve on during the span of our lifetime, one that stands out the most among the others is hand eye coordination.
Just as a refresher, hand eye coordination revolves around the concept that you will see the music notes in front of you and your mind will send a signal to your fingers to follow through with the action of playing said chords.
Present in kids’ piano classes most prominently, children would get an understanding of the right piano keys and later learn how they’re used in acoustic covers of songs or in creating their own piece of music.
However, the truth is when you get to a certain age, your motor skills start to deteriorate, and certain actions will become more of a challenge.
But with the power of music and getting your hands on an instrument of choice, it becomes an alternative to get those bones of yours working in your fingers and communicating the wonderful sound those before you played so effortlessly.
That’s the Muzart Difference!