In schools, there is a large focus on STEM subjects and achieving results. Yet, is there a benefit to learning a more creative subject like music?


Music teaches important lessons that other subjects cannot. Discipline is one of these skills. Learning an instrument requires time and patience – you cannot be virtuoso instantly! Patience and discipline teaches children that it takes time to get good at something. Time management skills come into this as learning music requires you to effectively plan you time so you can practice.


As well as the valuable life lessons it teaches, music is a very social subject. Ensembles, orchestras and bands all require you to work with other people. You have to play as a team to create great music. When pieces come together, there is a sense of accomplishment in knowing that your hard work has paid off. Playing in a group connects you with other people who share the same interests as you – potentially leading to new friendships.


With our busy lives, music can act as a stress reliever. It can be an escape from all our other worries as you can just focus on the music itself. It can be easy to forget about school stress and homework while playing an instrument or singing. While relieving stress, it can make us feel happier – especially when you hear or play your favourite song.  


I spoke to Wendy Topping, the Head of the Watford School of Music, about the benefits of learning music:


“Playing music builds self-confidence and self-esteem, staying power, patience, the ability to work alone and as part of a group. Singing in particular actually makes you feel better! Making music is joyous and that is a wonderful skill to experience.”


As well as a hobby, music can be taken further after school. Music students who want a career in the subject can go on to study at music college or at university. There are also professional ensembles and groups that you can play in. Or maybe you want to play in your own band instead, making your own music? Teaching is another option, which passes on the gift of music to more people.


Whether it is through singing or playing an instrument, music is an amazing skill which helps with many other aspects of life. As a violin player myself, I am so grateful to be learning music. With the different orchestras I am in, I have been able to meet a diverse group of people who are passionate about the subject. Music really is the food of love, so play on.


Esme Magnier