Audience: Students just starting secondary school.
I don't know how many of you play an instrument, but I personally have been playing the drums for just about two years now. Although I don't play in a band or even have a strict practising routine I find them to be a key part of my life now, something that I would find very difficult to live without. As you are starting secondary school, this is an ideal time to start playing an instrument. Not necessarily the drums but it can in fact be any form of instrument to find the same rewards.
Over the last few years at K.E.S. School I have worked towards my GCSE's and taken the all important exams. All of this has been a very stressful experience for me and I'm sure it will be the same for a lot of you when it comes to your time to do the same. This is my first reason to take up an instrument. Stress. We all have days when we are so stressed out that we just need to take a break. Have you ever noticed that when listening to soft and calm music it makes you feel more at ease and relaxed? Playing an instrument has a very similar effect on you as this, especially when you are the one playing. Drumming through out my GCSE examination period was what allowed me to release stress and focus on my work at the same time allowing me to get the grades that I wanted.
That isn't the only benefit though, in studies that have been carried out in recent years, we have found evidence that learning an instrument can in fact make you smarter. The research shows that people who play instruments from a child end up doing better at school than those who don't. But it's not too late if you didn't play an instrument as a young child, it can still help no matter what your age is, keeping your brain active and sharpening your memory, something that you will find very useful in years to come. When it comes to exams, there is one very important thing you need to know how to do. And that's...