Every parent enrolls his or her child in music lessons for a reason. For many it is simply because that child has expressed an interest in playing or maybe it is because the parent played or plays and wants to pass on that legacy. I started playing at the age of three, the third of four children to begin violin at a young age. We all played because my parents saw value in taking a musical instrument–not just musical value but physical value, developmental value, social value, aural value.

That is what I want you to think about this week: what are some of the non musical benefits of taking a musical instrument. The last time I sat down and wrote them out I came up with over 50 of them.

I’d love to hear what you come up with!