When they say ‘life begins at 40’, it means being finally settled down with life and having more time to enjoy your interests and hobbies. As you reach this age, you will also become more in tune with your emotional and psychological state, and you learn to appreciate more of the simple things around you. You may have more time in your hands to pursue another hobby, and many people who are in their 40s and above turn to music as a new hobby.

You may think that learning to play a musical instrument as you grow older can be a challenge, but this is where you are wrong.

Our brains are wired to absorb new skills, and even at 40, a new skill can spike up the interest and keep the brain active. Here’s why it is good to have music lessons after 40.

Music is for your brain what circuit training is for your body

You hear and learn that physical exercise is a good way to maintain your body’s health. Well, musical sounds is a good way to maintain your brain’s health. While 40 can still be a relatively young age for brain health, choosing to boost or maintain your mental health early on is definitely a good choice.

It can keep the brain active and stimulate brain activity that can maintain its health. While you keep your body active to maintain fitness, introducing yourself to music even after 40 can be a healthy and positive choice for your mental health.

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Playing an instrument relieves stress

People approach and deal with stress in many ways. Music is one of the tested and most proven ways to deal with stress and even anxiety.

Research and studies have shown that listening to positive musical sounds can alleviate stress. Even more so when you are the one playing an instrument and making music.

Playing a musical instrument will give you a sense of control, which in turn can help relieve your stress and maintain your focus.

Supports positive heart health

It has been proven from studies that music can be beneficial to the brain and mental health, but did you know that music also has positive effects for the heart? It all boils down to the effects of listening to music to your general health.

When you use music to alleviate your stress and anxiety levels, this can revert blood pressure and heart rate increase, especially in moments when you feel pressured.

Positive and relaxing sounds can make you feel calm and collected, and this can indirectly ensure that your heart beats normally and healthily.

Musical training strengthens the brain’s’ executive function

The brain functions in many ways. It dictates the body on its movements and actions, it makes decisions and it is responsible for how and what you should feel. These executive functions are important to your daily life and routines.

Music is a good and effective training ground to strengthen these functions of the brain, through the power of concentration. Learning to play a musical instrument develops the concentration skills of the brain. You can take music lessons to learn how to play a musical instrument.

Music can build your self-esteem

Learning the skill of playing music or even simply being able to appreciate beautiful strains or tones can help in terms of your mental health, particularly your self-esteem. Music is a good and effective way to connect with yourself and your emotions and be able to control your emotions all the time.

This can also help you build and develop your self-esteem. Being able to play a musical instrument can develop your social skills and build relationships with other people, make new friends and keep the family close together.

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Singing with a group of people makes you happier

There is always something enticing about a group of people singing together. No matter what age you may be, you may feel an inviting feeling to sing along to the group. Imagine the happy feeling this triggers.

Being able to play musical instruments will allow you to start off these happy and positive singing sessions with your family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. This can return back to you and make you feel happier.

Like wine, people only get better with age. Knowing music and being able to play a musical instrument is another effective way to connect with yourself, your family and the people around you.

You can always consider taking music lessons to learn the instrument professionally and effectively.

Final words

Playing music can have physical, emotional, psychological and social benefits for you and your family. Learning music has also been proven to make you smarter and keep brain activity active. Having music in our lives can only bring a positive effect and make your 40s more epic. Click on the link to find out why seniors should adopt pets.


Curtis Dean

Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

One Comment

  • Maynard Bell says:

    I appreciate what you’ve written, considering at age 76 I have renewed my interest in playing my high school trombone. Taking lessons has helped map the most effective way to regain some of the ability I once had. Thank you for this encouraging article.