Each year on May 22 we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day. The day is all about playing music. If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument. Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one. If you have never played an instrument before, National Buy A Musical Instrument Day might be the motivation you need to start.
National Buy a Musical Instrument Day is not just for school aged children, this observation is for people of all ages. One is never too old to learn something new. You may have always wanted to play the piano or the guitar. It is possible that playing a musical instrument is on one’s “bucket list“.
New research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills. There is continually more evidence that musicians have organizationally and functionally different brains compared to non-musicians, especially in the areas of the brain used in processing and playing music. If you learn how to play an instrument, the parts of your brain that control motor skills (ex: using your hands, running, swimming, balancing, etc.), hearing, storing audio information, and memory actually grow and become more active. Other results show that playing an instrument can help your IQ increase by seven points.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you are young or old, musically experienced or just beginning, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping.
Use #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay to post on social media.
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