When I first took a piano class in college I was nervous, because I had no experience in playing an instrument, and I can’t even sing. I’d been told that it’s harder for adults to learn an instrument, but I surprised myself: I liked it, and made it a habit to practice at least one hour every day. Pretty soon, I noticed some changes in myself, namely a heightened mood and better work in my other classes. I signed up for a second class in piano, and I got 4.0 GPAs both semesters.
I made the correlation that practicing music dramatically improves performance in school. Learning music rewires your brain, not unlike learning a new language. It increases your mental capacities and makes you more alert—or it did for me. My takeaway: stop doubting myself at the beginning of new ventures and see what surprises lie ahead.
Do you play a musical instrument? What has been your experience as to coursework and alertness. If you don’t play, do you think you might give it a try?