(Source: MindBodyGreen)

Listening to music brings many benefits, so it makes sense that learning to play it takes things to another level.  Musicianship improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills, more than sports, theater and dance.  It increases academic success in children and helps older musicians stay mentally sharp.  Turns out these benefits last a lifetime -- even after the musical training stops.

Read more about the benefits of learning an instrument over at MindBodyGreen here.