Watch this interesting video from Ted-ed to learn how playing music benefits the brain!
In summary, music not only improves your motor, auditory and visual skills, but develops your discipline, thus furthering enhancing these three skills. After which, the enhancement of these skills can be applied to any other activity that you engage in, which makes learning much more effective. This is why we have seen many studies on how students who play classical music do much better academically than their peers in school.
Of course, many have also wondered if this could be a chicken and egg situation where students who were naturally smarter tended to play classical music more, but neuroscientists have proven that learning music as compared to any other arts activities like painting provides maximum benefits to the brain as it is the only activity that engages almost every area of the brain.
It is interesting to know that playing music exercises the brain like a full body work out does. We all know the benefits of exercising our bodies, but we must also understand that the brain equally needs it as well! Well.. it is always never too late to learn something new. So pick up a new musical skill now & exercise your brain!