As a working (from home) father of young children (who are home 24/7 now), my life is currently a mad rush between teaching music lessons and tag-team parenting with my wife who is also working from home.
To the parents that are experiencing this, I send you my warmest well wishes and my hopes for you to endure this triathlon of a parenting era. To the individuals that are bored and are looking for a fun way to pass the time, keep on reading.
The pandemic has caused our lives to slow down, causing us to ask ourselves “What do I do with my time?” to “If I don’t figure out anything to do, I’ll start basket-weaving classes!” Okay, maybe not that exactly, but you know what I mean.
If you have kids that need to be occupied doing a fun activity that’s not TikTok, or you always dreamed of learning an instrument and need a distraction or stress-reliever, here’s 5 reasons why now may be the perfect time to start taking in-home music lessons.
1. Learning to play music can be stress-relieving.
It is well-documented that music itself reduces cortisol (stress hormone) levels in humans. But playing your own music? That’s even better. Playing your favorite songs? That’s fun! Ever heard of endorphins? They are the happy-hormones that are released in our brains when we do something that makes us happy (exercise, sex, music, laughter, chocolate…all the fun stuff). Playing music releases endorphins in the brain. With high endorphin levels, we have fewer negative effects of stress, less anxiety and pain and a stabilized immune system. Yes, please!
2. Your immune system will thank you.
This is Your Brain on Music, found that listening to and playing music increases the body’s production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells — the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system’s effectiveness. Who wouldn’t sign up for that right now?
3. Learning an instrument can take your mind off your worries.
If you’re like me, the news these days is both horrifying and has that I-can’t-take-my-eyes-off-it quality. We all know that watching too much news or social media right now can be difficult. What if we tempered that with something productive to do instead of focusing on the troubles in our world? (If basket-weaving’s your thing, go for it, and send us your amazing basket. But learning an instrument might be a close second for you!)
4. Learning an instrument is good for your brain function.
Whether you’re a kid growing your brain or an adult wanting to keep your brain as healthy as you can, this is for you. It’s all in the research – the brain benefits include increased comprehension and math skills, better coordination, and a greater capacity for memory.
5. Learning an instrument will give you a new skill post-pandemic.
I know I know, all those new sourdough bakers out there will have a new skill, too, but this one won’t add to your waistline. You’ll emerge with mad skills that you didn’t have before, surprising your friends with your new abilities!
Maybe this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. As my mother used to say (rewritten COVID-19-style), “After the pandemic, you’ll either have started to learn a new instrument or not. The time will pass anyway, so might as well make it purposeful.”
By having in home music lessons, you’re engaging with one-on-one online lessons that are easily accessible, all you need is a computer or phone with internet connection! I am doing FaceTime or Zoom lessons with my students. They’re simple, easy, and safe during this lockdown.