Why should anyone learn to make music?

Music affects mood and brings people together

Music is a skill you can share with others or enjoy on your own

Music develops your confidence

Music teaches patience, self-discipline and teamwork

Music helps you express your emotions

Music encourages you to be brave and take risks

Music can reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the body

Music affects your heart rate and breathing – stimulating and relaxing you at a physical level

Music affects both the right and left hemispheres of the brain, stimulating the links between them

Music develops the areas of the brain connected with language, and with problem-solving and spatial awareness

Music can be effective in pain management, reducing the amount of medication needed in situations from labour to dentistry

Music offers a means of communication for people whose speech is limited, by physical or mental and emotional factors

Music offers an intuitive creative outlet

Music transcends language and can be shared by people with many different languages, or none.


“I always feel like I’ve given myself a treat when I’ve had my music lesson” – Singing student

“I think choir should be available on the NHS” – choir member



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