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Six Benefits of Music Lessons on Teen Mental Health

Six Benefits of Music Lessons on Teen Mental Health

Any parent of a teen will tell you– concerns about mental health are no joke.


On top of the urge to conform, the hormonal surges, the increasing academic and extracurricular pressures, today’s teens face stressors their parents never had to deal with.

Social media, school shootings, anxiety around climate change– teens have a lot on their mind, and they don’t necessarily have the skills or coping mechanisms to deal with these stressors healthily.

As music educators, we’ve very attuned to the amazing mental and emotional effects of learning an instrument. We witness it every day in lessons with our students.

So of course, we were interested in a recent episode of The Huberman Lab that examines what our body goes through when we listen to and play music. The episode covers the role of music in boosting motivation for both cognitive and physical tasks, among other effects.

It inspired us to uncover more of how music lessons– or even just listening to music — could benefit our teen students, and the students we’ve yet to teach.

To note: music lessons cannot replace professional medical treatment. For more information on helping teens navigate this difficult terrain, check out the Helping Adolescents Thrive Toolkit published by the World Health Organization.

1. Immediate Stress Reduction

Teens need emotional expression to feel heard. Learning to play an instrument can be an ideal way to express feelings and pent-up tension. Like a good cry, playing music can evoke a much-needed, stress-zapping catharsis.

2. Enhanced Cognitive Development

Working out your brain muscles is important to stay mentally sharp. Learning and playing an instrument is a cognitive workout that could result in increased memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, as well as an increased attention span.

These characteristics come in handy when managing a hefty academic load.

3. Increased Self-Esteem and Confidence

Part of the teen struggle involves the desire to feel confident and capable. With the right dedication and mastery of an instrument or vocals, teens can practice overcoming challenges. A generous dose of self-esteem can permeate other areas, like social and school life.

4. Resilience

Studying an instrument requires consistent practice. Consistently overcoming the challenges inherent in practice creates resilience. Resiliency increases confidence and self-esteem. Music lessons create a chain reaction of positive mental health outcomes!

5. Emotional Regulation

Playing music can not only help teens express emotions, but regulate them, too. Studies have shown that teenagers in music therapy have a better understanding of their emotions than their peers. More importantly, they develop skills to manage them. Especially when the teenage years become turbulent– and they will!– the ability to regulate emotions is critical.

6. Community

Whether group or solo, music lessons create the community and belonging every teen craves.

The mentorship built with an awesome teacher can fuel a teen’s confidence to join a band or participate in a recital, which could help build up social skills lost during the pandemic.

Having an environment outside of school where they can rely on another trustworthy adult, and share a common interest with peers, is incredible for belonging.

Most importantly, find what works for the individual.

An amazing thing about music-study is there are so many options to choose from. Throughout their study, your teen can float different instruments, genres, and goals. By providing a blend of structure and creativity, music lessons can help teens discover their musical preferences and improve their well-being in way that resonates with them personally.


Curious to learn more benefits of music lessons? Check this out.

Piano Power Provides Full Health Benefits for Teachers

Piano Power Provides Full Health Benefits for Teachers

Since April 2023 we have offered full health benefits to our dedicated teachers. This commitment to our staff’s well-being reflects one of our five core values: happy teachers make happy students!

Commitment to our teachers’ well-being

It’s always been our vision to provide health benefits to our teachers, who we value so much. Over the years, many teachers have told us how much comprehensive health benefits would mean to them. We’re thrilled to finally bring this vision to life!

Our core values: happy teachers, happy students

We believe in the simple philosophy that content teachers create a positive learning environment for students.

By providing health coverage, we’re investing in the wellbeing of our teachers, ensuring they can focus on what they do best — educating and inspiring our students.

The stability of a regular income plus health insurance leads to long-term, committed student/teacher relationships for our families.

Qualifying for health benefits

Let’s dive into the details. To be eligible for our health benefits, teachers must maintain:

  • A minimum four-day teaching schedule per week
  • A 90% attendance rate

These requirements help us ensure that our students receive consistent, high-quality instruction.

Comprehensive coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield

Our health benefits package is robust, offering:

  • Coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the state’s largest provider of health benefits
  • Options for vision and dental
  • Addition of other family members 

We cover 75% of each month’s monthly premium — well above the standard contribution — underscoring our investment in our teachers’ health.

Tax benefits for teachers

Not only do we contribute a substantial portion towards the premium, but the entire amount — including our teachers’ 25% share — is tax-deductible, easing the financial burden even further. 

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We’ll show you why we’re the most teacher-friendly music studio in the Chicago area.

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