Learning to play a musical instrument is an investment in learning a skill as well as enjoying music. Listening to music is a passive way to enjoy it. Playing music involves a person totally in a musical experience. This is especially true when a person plays in a group. The group will learn how to work together in producing their music correctly. This experience alone teaches cooperation. Once the group has all learned how to work together on any piece, there is the pride of their accomplishment to be enjoyed by all members of the group.
There are other advantages to learning to play a musical instrument. Once learned, it is a skill that can be taught to others. This skill may only be passed on to friends and relatives, or a person may find work as a music teacher. Whether paid or volunteer, teaching music has its own rewards. Teaching is a wonderful way to share music with another appreciative person.
Not everyone is cut out to teach music to others. Some people that have learned to play an instrument well may decide they want to be part of a band or orchestra. Depending on the type of music they like, there are many options available. A small band that has learned many different types of music may decide to work as a wedding band. Many small bands now have an electric violinist because they have become popular for dance music. This allows them the joy of providing their music for other people on a special occasion.
Orchestras are often in need of professional instrumentalists such as a saxophone player or drummer. The complexity of the music is spread throughout the different instruments used in each number. Conductors have long learned it is best to have understudies for every part. Learning to play an instrument to a high standard may be a way to become part of a professional orchestra.