Hey Ossia: Why Do People Learn To Play Musical Instruments?

Hey Ossia: Why Do People Learn To Play Musical Instruments?


Have you ever walked past a music school and found a kid just running their fingers across the keys of a piano on display, and wondered to yourself why people commit their time to learning music? In today’s Hey Ossia, let us dive into some reasons that spur one to learn a musical instrument as an extra skill, or even just as a hobby to pass time!

1. Their parents made them do it

Well, about 80% of the time, that is how it all starts out for young learners. Not everyone is lucky enough to be born into a musical family and be naturally drawn to music by exposure. However, all parents only want the best for their child, and many studies have shown that learning an instrument poses many benefits to a child’s physical and cognitive development, as the activity effectively builds and trains one’s memory and fine motor skills.

Furthermore, it is not to say that you can’t grow to enjoy playing music even if it had been your parents’ choice more than yours at the beginning! A passionate and engaging teacher could be that spark that will ignite the passion you did not know you had in music!

2. It is a wonderful creative outlet

There are many ways to fuel one’s imagination and music is just an option out of many! Instrumental pieces don’t come with lyrics, yet music is often said to be the universal language that all humans can understand. To create a moving piece of music, it is often up to the performer to weave a story into the melody through his or her own imagination and emotions. As such, playing an instrument can be a great outlet for creativity and for one to express themselves since a single piece of music can be interpreted in so many different ways.

3. To build one’s confidence and patience

Learning a musical instrument is certainly no easy feat. It requires a great deal of commitment in terms of time and energy, and one should be prepared for days where results don’t come as quickly as you’d like. Learning an instrument helps develop one’s concentration and patience because at the end of the day, all those grueling practice sessions count towards a successful performance. Besides, when all that hard work pays off, it is the feeling of fulfilment that keeps musicians going and builds on their level of confidence as they get better at their craft.

4. As a way to relieve stress

You don’t have to be a musician yourself to experience the way music plays on human emotions - you just have to listen! It is almost second-nature for us to be drawn to slower and more tranquil music on our down days, and to upbeat tunes with fast tempos when we need something to keep ourselves going. Music has the ability to portray a wide range of human emotions, from melancholy and bliss, to hopefulness and peace.

It is not much different when it comes to creating music through your own hands (or voice), except perhaps the satisfaction is ten times better! Every performance and practice session is unique as you are able to channel your emotions directly into producing a sound that best relays the way you are feeling in that very moment. You will realise that letting out any pent up emotions through the music you play can be an incredibly therapeutic experience once you make the decision to start.

5. For the delight of jamming together with friends and family

Creating music can be a therapeutic solo activity, but it is also something that gets way more exciting when you do it with a bunch of your peers! With the addition of other performers and even other musical instruments, there can be so much more colour to the sound that you create! Something that many musicians in an ensemble can vouch for is that magical feeling when you witness firsthand how each section, each instrument falls into place in a greater web of overlapping music notes to weave together a combined masterpiece.

Come and discover the magic of creating music with Ossia Music School! The best music school in Singapore with affordable lessons, we offer one-to-one music lessons for a wide selection of instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, drums and more! Our engaging teachers are well-versed in a multitude of musical genres and are equipped with the experience to craft the curriculum that best suits your learning interests and needs!

Book a free trial with us today and be on your way to enjoying all the perks that come with learning a musical instrument!