4 Great Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument - The Musical Life of Albert Einstein

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a violinist?
The truth is… Not only did he play the violin, he also played the piano.

1. Music benefits your brain
According to Einstein’s wife, Elsa, the great scientist often played music as a way of thinking - “Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories. He goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study.”

Learning to play an instrument develops your reading skills, sharpens your memory, improves your concentration and trains your perseverance. Children who play music often outperform their non-musical friends in academic attainment.

2. Music trains self-discipline and commitment
Einstein never travelled without his beloved violin, which he nicknamed “Lina”.

Your instrument is your friend. While it is yours to enjoy, it is also your responsibility to take care of it. It is your job to clean it and tune it so that your instrument may last for many years. It is one of the important things that modern children need to learn. (Since they have new books, new games, new iPads and phones almost every year).

3. Music benefits your social life
Einstein enjoyed playing in public. During his years in Berlin, he played with well-known musicians like violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Artur Schnabel and Max Planck, the founder of quantum theory and Nobel Prize winner.

Music does not only give you a platform to make intelligent friends, it also allows you to collaborate with them. Children who play in ensembles and orchestras often prove themselves to be a better team player. Furthermore, performing in public boosts confidence. It is also a great way to invite others to events.

4. Music maintains your mental health
Einstein’s doctor Janos Flesch once said, “There are many musicians with much better technique, but none, I believe, who ever played with more sincerity or deeper feeling.”

Playing music is a great way to express emotions. It is a language that triggers true feelings. Every lesson and practice session is a therapy treatment. As we know that life nowadays is generally much more stressful than in the past, music is a healthy and effective way to destress.

Life without playing music is inconceivable for me, I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.
I know that most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.
— Albert Einstein