The Benefits of Playing Cello


As music tends to be a part of our daily life, many people – both kids and adults, have the desire of learning how to play an instrument. Parents enroll their kids in music lessons and workshops. Teens join bands and record their own cover songs. And for those who love to relax and unwind, string instruments are the best for them. It may seem that all string instruments are the same, but they usually differ in size and sound. The violin, aside from it being the most famous among them, is the melody in the orchestra, Viola play harmonies while cello serves as the support for both melody and harmony. Cello is considered an astonishing instrument for its ability to create full and remarkable sounds that are magnificent and truly similar to the range of a human voice. 

Even if it can be expensive, learning how to play cello is considered a good form of investment for it can provide you benefits that will last for a lifetime. Aside from the capability to produce music that will elicit all kinds of emotions toward your audience, the learning process of playing cello can lead to an enhanced and well-developed cognitive skills. Here are the benefits of learning how to play a cello and pursuing a career on it: 

Develop and heightened pedagogic performances

Learning any instrument, especially cello, requires comprehensive process. It includes not only auditory, but as well as visual and kinesthetic styles to develop the student’s distinct preferences. Did you know that as you practice and hear your results, your brain creates new connections that lead to other areas of learning? Especially your Math and comprehension skills.

Studies have shown that there’s an impact on the cognitive skills of a person trying to learn cello. Through the process of learning the instrument which includes sensory information, categorization of information and coordination of actions, it will pave to improve the pedagogic performance of a cellist.

Develop an enriched memory

Aside from improved cognitive skills, the ability to play cello is also a great agent in the areas of your brain that is concerned with your memory recall. Studies have shown that a person who started playing a musical instrument, such as cello, in the age of seven have better memory skills than those who don’t. However, if you’re already an adult learning to play, you can still benefit from having enhanced memory with continuous practice and dedication.

Moreover, the study also shows that those who have skills in playing cello has a better hearing and self-awareness compared to those who aren’t exposed to the instrument. This goes to show that music education can help in stimulating and creating connections across the right and left hemispheres of the brain, building an infrastructure that lasts for a lifetime. That’s why it’s never a question why students who have proper music education excel academically. 

Develop a marketable skill

Learning how to play cello also translates to possessing marketable skills. Since you’ll be usually working in an orchestra that requires teamwork and timing, this is a plus factor for employers since they’ll be looking for someone who can work effectively in a team. Also, playing cello over time enhances your self-confidence, self-discipline and patience. Employers are keen to hire self-motivators who’s always hungry for betterment and improvement. Needless to say, a cellist can be considered adaptive, fast learner and able to cope in various environment and challenges.

Develop physical strength

Did you now that cello has physical benefits? Although it’s played while sitting, the muscle movements in playing the instrument and the bowing techniques can aid in strengthening the cellist’s upper body and posture. Incorporated with other extra-curricular activities such as exercising and sports, playing cello is another way to strengthen your overall physique.

Nonetheless, playing cello only goes to prove that it has lifelong benefits through its ability to reduce stress, express one’s emotions, gain an artistic outlet and have a robust mental and physical benefits that they can use to advance to their chosen career path.

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  1. Anne Marie Anonsen

    Who’s the musician?

  2. Corinne Lilie

    I began my cello journey at age 65 and I have felt my memory improve a great deal. It’s a wonderful time of life to begin learning to play an instrument.

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