Here's why to make music
PFS President Deb Lee forwarded me this article : Ten Reasons why people who learn music are more likely to be successful
The article is interesting. Apparently (other sources have said the same thing) making music makes us smarter, more empathetic, better at math, and musicians tend to have higher IQs, although it's not clear which is cause and which is effect.
But the article is noteworthy for two things it doesn'
t say. First, it doesn't say that you have to be good
at making music to get benefits; I'm an okay guitarist, and a very variable singer, but I still get a lot out of making music. I'm sure it would be better if I practiced more, but the important thing is, just getting your hands on the keyboard or the fretboard or whatever you play is already good for you, no matter how good or bad you are.
The second thing the article doesn't
say is that you get these benefits from just listening to music. Don't get me wrong: I love
to listen to music. But there's something especially magical about making my own.
Anyway, read the article - what do you