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Musicians shown to have sharper life skills

MISSION, KS — Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, playing an instrument is good for the brain.

Mike Meyer, one of the owners of Meyer Music, started playing the piano when he was five. In all of his years in the music business, he’s seen plenty of good come from learning an instrument.

“It teaches you patience and perseverance because it’s not easy,” Meyer said.

Studies have linked playing an instrument to increased verbal and reading skills, being better at math, the ability to learn languages quickly and even a higher IQ.

“Typically, when you read a book, you read one line at a time,” he said. “If you play the piano, you’re reading up to ten lines of text at the same time left to right and up and down while using your fingers.”

usicians are also shown to be much better listeners and might stave off dementia even if they stop playing as adults.

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