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What are the health benefits of playing a musical instrument?

Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
When you learn new things, you give your brain a workout, so why not learn a new instrument? Studies have found that students who take music lessons have increased intelligence quotient (IQ) levels, and even show improvement in their nonmusical abilities. And when you play a wind instrument, such as the saxophone, flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet or even a pennywhistle, you get the added benefit of improved lung capacity.

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