What is it about playing music that stimulates the mind? According to John J. Ratey, MD in A User’s Guide to the Brain “The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.”
Studying music can increase your attention span, intelligence and ability for self expression. These skills are bound to benefit you in any career you choose, whether you become a professional musician or not. Studying music can also increase self-discipline and a greater appreciation of sound. Music requires patience, communication and often an understanding of how to work with others. These personal qualities will enrich your life and the lives of others around you.