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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Atmosphere at A Great Big World celebrates VH1 Save The Music Keys and Kids piano grant donated by Alex and Ani at Brooklyn's PS 532 New Bridges School on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for VH1)

Have you ever considered learning a new instrument? Well a recent study says that’s a pretty good idea, for many reasons. According to Liberty Park Music, there are at least five kinds of benefits that can be gained from learning an instrument: social, personal, professional, mental, and physical.

Social benefits include breaking the ice in a room and bonding people through a spontaneous singalong. This is mostly a guitar benefit, but can be done with other instruments.

Improving concentration and memory are among the personal benefits. Also increasing confidence and multitasking skills.

Your professional life will see a boost in time management as you set time aside for daily practice. And your math and skills can improve by reading music scales and chords. English skills will also see a boost, as music theory has shown to increase reading comprehension in children.

Studies have suggested that playing an instrument can help ease the weight of depression and anxiety. This is because instruments require focus, which keeps the mind in the moment. Another mental benefit is an increase in creativity, when you improvise on your instrument.

Playing an instrument can even have physical benefits. A recent study suggested playing can decrease blood pressure and help with chronic pain. Not to mention the strength building in hands and wrists, with guitar players.

So there you go. That’s just the tip of the benefits iceberg. See all the benefits from playing an instrument.

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