Why learn music?
Scientist about playing musical instruments....
Musical training especially at a young age, seems to signinficantly alter the structure of your brain. For instance after 15 months of piano lessons young children had more highly developed auditory and motor areas then their untrained peers. These brain areas are very active when you play an instrument (Journal of Neuroscience, vol 29, p.3019)
Professional musicians have an increased volume of gray matter, which routes information around the brain, in areas that deal with motor control, audition and visuo-spatial processing (Journal of Neuroscience, vol 23, p. 9240)
Musicians who started training before the age of 7 also have a thicker corpus callosum, the bundle of nerve fibers that shunts information between the two halves of the brain. (Neuropsychologia, vol 33, p. 1047)
Musically trained people perform better on tests of auditory memory - the ability to remember lists of spoken words, for example - and auditory attention. Children with a musical training have larger vocabularies and higher reading ability then those who do not. (Nature Reviews Neuroscience, vol 11, p. 599)
There is even some evidence that early musical training increases IQ (Psychological Science , vol 15, p. 511)
Trained musicians are better at discriminating pitch changes in made-up words similiar to those found in Mandarin, a tonal language where such changes can alter the meaning of a word. This is evidence that they are better equipped to learn new languages (Applied Psycholinguistics, vol 28, p. 565) Music training has even been shown to enhance empathy because it fine-tunes your ability to recognise the emotional nuances in speech. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol 1169, p. 209)