Many studies show that listening to music can enhance performance on cognitive tasks for a short period. This may be due to effect of music on mood and arousal....but what about playing music!? Does this have more long term effects on intellectual ability?
A study by Schellenberg (2005) showed that music lessons in childhood provide "small and general but long lasting intellectual benefits" and that these benefits could not be attributed to other factors like family income and the education level of parents.
With Shellenberg's study in mind - playing a musical instrument may make it easier to perform well at other non-music related intellectual tasks.
Thinking of taking up music lessons!? It's never too late!!!
After playing the guitar since the age of eight, there is no gift I am more grateful for having!! It's fun, relaxing, and there is always something new to learn!!
Top - Country Road
Cushions - Country Road Home
Lipstick - Lancome Rouge 132
Guitar - Fender Telecaster, 1979 thinline
Photos by Lachy Doley