Music is something that does different things to a person. Music can affect the emotions. Music can make someone feel happy, sad, angry, motivated, or inspired. Music can be a book of memories. It can be a reminder of the moments from the past. The lyrics, the tune, the melody, and of course the instruments used are all accessories to the beauty of music. One of the amazing instruments used for music is the violin. It produces a very soothing sound that relaxes your mind and your body when you hear it, but don’t you know that playing the violin has good effects to a person?
In an article by Thomas McGregor, let us find out about some of the surprising benefits of playing the violin.
What Are the Benefits of Playing the Violin? Some May Surprise You
I’m very excited about this article! Mainly because we are flooded with so much negativity in the media today, over and over again throughout each day. Forget all that, today we are talking about the awesome-jump-up-and-down-smile-from-ear-to-ear-amazing-surprising-true-benefits of playing the violin! These you benefits you can pull out anytime a student asks, at the dinner table or at the post office. These facts will serve you anywhere at any time to support the art form you love playing the violin.
1. Your muscle memory will improve as you become better at playing violin. It also gives you the opportunity to memorize songs and play without sheet music, which sharpens your memory even more. Your mind will sharpen as you refine your focusing skills, and those mental muscles will become easier to fire when you want to use them. Read more here
Well, that really surprised me. I didn’t know that playing the violin could be as beneficial as that. We might all assume that playing the violin is just playing an instrument, producing lovely music, and such. What we don’t know is behind all that, something helpful and beneficial is happening to our mind and our body.
To know more about what playing the violin can do to our health, let us read Arya Sharma’s article below.
Playing Violin for Your Health
Now that we’ve kicked off a new year, not a day passes without some news outlet asking me for tips on healthy living. What do I need to eat more (or less) of? What type of exercise is best and how many minutes a day do I need?
My answer generally comes down to asking a simple question in return: Would you really want to give up something you enjoy? Or, even less likely, do you really want to start doing something you don’t?
Let us assume that there is now conclusive evidence that playing just 20 minutes of violin a day substantially reduces your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and even male-pattern baldness.
Based on these finding, Health Canada launches a major initiative proclaiming the benefits of violin playing for health. Read more here
Good to know! Now that we are already more knowledgeable of what playing violin can do for our health, let us try to focus on the mental health of people who play violin. What other effects could it bring? What other benefits could we have? Let us try to dig in more about what playing the violin can do to our brain.
In an article by Pauline Lerner, we would be able to take a look inside the brains of violinists.
Brains of violinists
Does playing the violin affect the brain? Most violinists would probably say “yes” in a subjective way, but there is striking objective evidence, too. Perhaps most interesting is the findings that the brain is actually modified physically by studying the violin in ways that make it easier to learn more. The cerebral cortex, the site of higher thinking in the brain, is not a static structure. Its organization changes over time, giving the brain an astonishing ability to adapt to new needs.
Music and spoken language
Broca’s area is a small part of the cortex which handles many tasks of spoken language and musical abilities. The amount of gray matter (neurons) in Broca’s area is larger in musicians than in nonmusicians. In fact, the volume of gray matter in this brain region increases as the number of years of playing increases. In most people, the amount of gray matter in Broca’s area decreases with age, but in musicians, this does not happen. Read more here
It is surprising to know how playing the violin can be linked to the brain, how all those parts would work together for the benefit of a single action. Now I could say that playing the violin and that the brain is really amazing. Every person who plays the violin is so lucky because they just don’t have the skills and the talent; they also gain more and more benefits as they continue playing for more years. Those people who think that playing instruments is just a waste of time is truly wrong. In fact, they are missing out on all the good things it could bring a person, so lets not delay any further and start signing up for violin lessons today!