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Do You Play?

Do You Play?

Date: Feb 05 2007


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A lot of us learn how to play a musical instrument when we are young. Some parents make their children take piano or violin lessons. Some teenagers are inspired by their favorite bands and decide to learn how to play the guitar or the drums. And of course, every so often, we hear about a child prodigy who is playing Mozart at the age of five!

Learning how to play music helps to teach kids discipline and focus. It also gives them the reward of accomplishment. It is possible that learning to read and play music helps the brain function more effectively in other areas of study, particularly mathematics and languages.

Although many folks learn to play when they are kids, they sometimes do not continue to play as adults.

Kevin and Amanda both play instruments. Listen to them chat about which instruments they play and how playing music has affected their lives.


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Kevin:  Do you play any instruments?

Amanda:  Um, I don’t play any instruments very well. However, I was forced to take piano, trumpet, flute, and guitar lessons as a child.

Kevin:  Wow. Fantastic.

Amanda:  Yes.

Kevin:  Which did you like best?

Amanda:  I excelled at none, but I enjoy piano the most.

Kevin:  I think… When I was a kid, I was in the Suzuki Violin School for many years, like, thirteen years…

Amanda:  Wow.

Kevin:  And it was amazing. Like, I had multiple learning disabilities for my… so for my ear…

Amanda:  Ok.

Kevin:  It really taught me to concentrate and really helped me with memorization. I think music really helped me so much with my… in my academic life that I wouldn’t… If I ever had a child, I would have him or her playing an instrument right away.

Amanda:  But in your life today as an adult, do you ever play the violin?

Kevin:  Every once in a while, but not that often.

Amanda:  Really? See that’s the only thing for me. I just wish I could use my skills, my mediocre skills, today.

Kevin:  Well, you still have ‘em. You just gotta get back into it.



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Amanda played a lot of different instruments as a child. But unfortunately she doesn’t play much anymore. Maybe she’s too busy.

Kevin played violin throughout his childhood. He says that he suffered with learning disabilities as a kid, and that music helped him overcome those disabilities. Pretty cool!

Do you play?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yep i play sitar. cuz it helps me to be more and more relax and also it gives me  a comfortable feeling.Studies have shown that the right kind of music can help you relax your mind which enables you to concentrate better. Perfect to studying, doing homework or studying for a test or exam. It cuts down on distractions and helps you focus on your work…....

08:42 PM Aug 04 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love playing the guitar

10:37 AM Aug 04 2013 |



if I play my mixer like an instrument. although it is not. but to unite songs and create music. I really like.

06:23 PM Jul 19 2012 |



Nice lesson. I play drums, lol.

02:23 PM May 06 2007 |

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and besides, if you could play any instrument, you may find it easier to sing!

03:13 AM Apr 30 2007 |



i never learn musical instrument. because i have no chance to learn. but tell me the truth , i really want to learn some musical instrument.

06:58 AM Mar 30 2007 |




I like to play some instruments because its make me to relax,to be happy and also help me to forget my problems.

07:16 PM Feb 05 2007 |



yea music helped so much in different things

06:43 PM Feb 05 2007 |




Nice to play…

04:19 PM Feb 05 2007 |



Hello I can Play PIANO!

04:09 PM Feb 05 2007 |




I’m agree, i play differents musicals instruments and it’s help me a lot about discipline, focus, and matematics,i ‘m learning my 4th new language, it’s awesome, i love read,too, thanks for the music.

01:32 AM Feb 05 2007 |

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