The famed Chinese philosopher Confucius is reported to have said "Music produces a kind of pleasure that human nature can not do without."
Here are some facts which would support his claim !

Fact One - Over half of the students at Rockland Creative Music Centre share a lesson with a family member.
This means, Families who play together, stay together. Playing music in groups demands communication and co-operation, so we actually bond with the people we play music with.

Fact Two - Playing an instrument engages both sides of the human brain.
This means, becoming a musician makes you not only more attractive and interesting but actually smarter too !

Fact Three - Becoming a musician helps you to learn how to be responsible.
For Example, maintenance and care are required to keep instruments working. Practice makes progress, so keeping to a practice schedule is a must. Remembering lesson times and homework tasks also help us become responsible with our time and energies. Responsibility is like a muscle, it has to be exercised before it can grow. Playing music is a great way to build your self-discipline !

Fact Four - Performing music makes you feel better.
How so ? Playing music stimulates endorphin production. Researchers led by Oxford psychology professor Robin Dunbar conducted a series of experiments to see if performing music increased people's pain tolerance. Dunbar used pain tolerance as a measure of endorphin release rather than directly measuring endorphin levels in the bloodstream, on the widely accepted assumption that an observable effect of endorphin release is increased pain tolerance.

The experiment setups varied. In one, Dunbar's group tested whether people who had been to a charismatic church service, with lots of communal singing, clapping and upper-body movement, had greater post-church pain tolerance than people who had been to a more placid Anglican prayer meeting. In another, they tested whether people who had been playing in a drum circle had greater pain tolerance than people who had passively listened to music or watched an instructional video. In a third, they compared pain tolerance between people who had been dancing and people who had been rehearsing music, and they frequently interrupted the musicians in the hope that the musicians wouldn't be able to achieve flow.

In all the experiments, the active groups -- the singing churchgoers, the drummers, the dancers -- had significantly greater pain tolerance than the more passive groups. Performing music, Dunbar said, released endorphins, which are associated not only with greater pain tolerance. "Psychologically, endorphin release is experienced as a mild opiate 'high,' a corresponding feeling of well-being, and light analgesia," he wrote.

Fact Five - Playing Music gives lifts our self-esteem.
Really ? Yes. Every small success raises our sense of achievement. If you feel like you aren't progressing, then take a serious look at where you were one year ago. I can safely affirm that every single one who has been learning music with me for more than 1 month, has advanced musically. If you're reading this at all, you're learning. You're better than you used to be. You've improved. You can pat yourself on the back. Well done. You're an achiever. You're doing what you set out to do and its working for you !