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3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Play with Other Musicians

Music is wonderful for a number of reasons, but the greatest thing about it is that we’re able to enjoy it together. We at Carillon Music Academy love seeing new students enter our music academy with a desire to learn and grow as a musician. While everyone progresses at their own pace, we feel it is important for musicians to practice and play with their peers. Playing a musical instrument in a group setting is beneficial for a number of reasons. Here are some of the reasons why it’s important to play with others.

It Teaches You New Things

Musicians bring their own background and perspective into their music - this is how unique playing styles and techniques are formulated. Playing with other musicians is a learning opportunity, just like attending a music class is a learning opportunity. When you play a musical instrument long enough, you pick up little tricks that can improve your ability to perform. Therefore, when you play with other musicians, you’ll learn new things that you can add to your repertoire.

It Can Give You Songwriting Inspiration

Songwriting is a big reason why so many people get into music in the first place. Not only is songwriting a fun hobby, it can kickstart an inspired musician’s career. While you can write songs by yourself, playing with other musicians is beneficial to the creative process. Improvising and shooting ideas off of another musician can spark song and melody ideas. Furthermore, other musicians may be able to offer you some helpful advice about how to structure your songs so that they reach their full potential.

You’ll Get Used to Playing in Front of Others

Playing music is all about taking risks - mistakes will be made, but it’s how you learn from those mistakes which will determine your success. Unfortunately, performance anxiety is a real thing, and it can prevent an individual from taking risks and playing in front of people, even their own family members.

Playing with other musicians can help you grow more comfortable with making mistakes and taking risks! The only way that you’ll become more familiar with your musical instrument is learning from your missteps and adjusting to ensure that you don’t repeat them. As your

confidence to play with others grows, so will your confidence to play live shows or for your family members.

If your child has expressed interest in learning a musical instrument, consider enrolling them in one of our group classes. They will be introduced to fellow beginners, which can boost self-confidence in an inexperienced player. For more information, contact Carillon Music Academy today! We can’t wait to hear you play.

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