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Why Play Music?

“Playing music has been scientifically proven to benefit people of all ages—and, it’s fun to do. Adults who play an instrument—even if it’s just for fun—are able to reduce their stress and use the activity as an emotional outlet. Working adults reduce their chances of job “burnout.”

  • Helps with job skills such as creative thinking, collaboration, social aptitude, expressive communication, discipline and builds confidence.
  • Provides a creative outlet that balances work life, family life, and personal time.
  • Helps lower stress.
  • Provides a way to be involved with others that share similar interests.
  • Helps seniors stay active, vibrant, and mentally sharp.

According to a recent Gallup poll, “seniors are turning to music making as not just an enjoyable pastime, but also for the health and wellness benefits such as enhanced immune systems, stress reduction, and staving off depression and loneliness.”

According to the 2008 NAMM Global Report on Music, 82% of adults who don't play a musical instrument wish they did. And the reason is because, at the most basic level, music helps us feel better about ourselves. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the trade association for the international music products industry.

What is the best method for you to learn how to play music?
For people who like to learn on their own, there are many books, CDs, videos, and online courses available through this website and elsewhere. It is admirable for someone to teach themselves to play the ukulele. That being said, there is no opportunity to communicate and ask questions regarding the application of the information you are given which could sometimes lead to bad habits. The key to enjoyable and successful learning is the proper application of the information via lessons. An instructor can easily point out where the trouble areas are; give instant feedback to ensure success and can suggest alternative or better fingering positioning.

“When people of all ages take music lessons, they learn much more than just how to perform. Older adults find that music lessons are a great way to stay mentally active. Many will resume lessons for an instrument they played in the past to polish up their skills while others are interested in learning something brand new and acquiring a special talent. Music is known to be therapeutic and a great way to keep one's mind young! Music also helps communities share ideas and values among cultures and generations.”

“Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work hard to get better.”

- Paul Coffey

No matter what your dream, music has a way of helping you get there. Music can help you express yourself and share your passion with others. Play better with Ukulele Mele!