One of the best ways to stay motivated with playing an instrument, and especially writing music, is to discover new musical influences that challenge your preconceptions of what music is and can be—music which pushes you to extend beyond your comfort zone, enabling you to grow and thrive as a well-rounded musician.
Did you know that studies show that adults are well-positioned to pick up instruments faster since they are usually more disciplined than children, more reasoned in their choices, and more able to manage their time effectively? They also tend to have more disposable income which gives them more freedom and flexibility with respect to equipment.
But what is the value of studying music? What skills could one reasonably be expected to take away from such an endeavour? And what transferable skills could a trained musician bring to a position in another industry—say, engineering or marketing? Here is what the experts have to say