Learning a musical instrument can be a beneficial and enjoyable activity for seniors, offering numerous physical, cognitive, emotional, and social benefits. Here are some key benefits of learning an instrument for seniors, supported by references from reputable sources:
- Enhances cognitive function: Playing a musical instrument requires coordination, concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills, which can help seniors improve their cognitive function. According to a study published in the journal “Frontiers in Neuroscience,” playing a musical instrument can have positive effects on cognitive abilities such as attention, processing speed, and working memory in older adults (Bugos, et al., 2007).
- Promotes physical dexterity: Playing an instrument involves fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and finger dexterity, which can help seniors maintain or improve their physical dexterity. A study published in the “Journal of the American Geriatrics Society” found that older adults who played a musical instrument showed better hand dexterity and finger tapping speed compared to those who did not play an instrument (Rodriguez-Aranda, et al., 2017).
- Reduces stress and improves emotional well-being: Music has the power to evoke emotions and playing an instrument can be a form of self-expression, providing a creative outlet and helping seniors cope with stress and anxiety. According to a study published in the “Journal of Aging and Health,” older adults who engaged in musical activities such as playing an instrument reported improved emotional well-being and reduced stress levels (Creech, et al., 2013).
- Enhances social interaction and connectivity: Learning an instrument can provide opportunities for seniors to connect with others through group classes, performances, and jam sessions. This social interaction can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, which are common among older adults. A study published in the “Journal of Aging and Health” found that older adults who participated in group music programs reported increased social interaction and improved social well-being (Cohen, et al., 2006).
- Provides a sense of achievement and purpose: Learning and mastering a new skill, such as playing a musical instrument, can provide a sense of achievement and purpose for seniors. It can boost self-esteem, confidence, and overall sense of well-being. A study published in the “Journal of Applied Gerontology” found that older adults who participated in music lessons reported increased self-esteem and a greater sense of purpose (Lonsdale, et al., 2009).
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Whether you’ve played music in the past and are considering rekindling your musical passion or you’ve always harboured a desire to explore a musical instrument, our dedicated senior music classes are tailored just for you.
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Bugos, J. A., Perlstein, W. M., McCrae, C. S., Brophy, T. S., & Bedenbaugh, P. H. (2007). Individualized Piano Instruction enhances executive functioning and working memory in older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 11(4), 464-471.
Rodriguez-Aranda, C., Martin, J. A., & Sanz, A. (2017). Effects of music learning and piano practice on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 9, 249.
Creech, A., Hallam, S., McQueen, H., & Varvarigou, M. (2013). The power of music in the lives of older adults. Research Studies in Music Education, 35(1), 87-102.
Cohen, G. D., Perlstein, S., Chapline, J., Kelly, J., Firth, K. M., & Simmens, S. (2006). The impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. The Gerontologist, 46(6), 726-734.