The Many Benefits of Learning an Instrument

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

It is well documented that having the ability to play an instrument and to read music are transferable skills that can positively impact a person's cognitive ability as well as offer opportunities to socialise and network with fellow musicians. These benefits have been summarised in a report published by Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS) which cites reputable research publications such as Cambridge University Press and Science Direct.

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The purpose of the document, dubbed the 'Snappy Report', is to encourage young people to take up learning a musical instrument and for parents and schools to understand the value music education can give to children.

Some of the 19 benefits listed in the report includes:

Academic performance

- Long-standing research suggests that young people playing an instrument achieve better academic outcomes than those not playing, with the greatest impact for those playing the longest.

Social skills

- Making music involves physical and mental processes that are uniquely creative and expressive, and therefore has strong potential for social interaction and self-definition.


- Playing a musical instrument is considered a work out session for your brain. If you are playing an instrument regularly your brain will have better memory and concentration power.


- Playing an instrument is always most enjoyable when they are performed with other instruments. Indeed, being part of concerts or jamming work improves team-working abilities and boosts confidence.

Emotional development

- Music is an excellent tool with which to express emotions and for this reason music education should play a role in an individual's emotional development.


- With the help of a musical instrument you can create new music from your imagination. Creative thinking isn't just related to music - many entrepreneurs, successful film directors and political leaders were musicians.


- Young children provided with musical instrument tuition score significantly higher on tasks measuring spatial - temporal cognition, hand-eye coordination and arithmetic. Music develops the sense of beat, rhythm and scale which triggers problem solving.

The Snappy Report is available to view and download in its entirety below:

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