Today is Buy a Musical Instrument Day
May 22, 2017
The Bottom Line: May 22nd is Buy a Musical Instrument Day!
The Full Story:
May 22nd is Buy a Musical Instrument Day! It is unknown when the first musical instrument was invented, but historians believe that flutes made of animal bones date back 37,000 years. Today there are 6 main instrument categories – percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, keyboard, and electronic.
Worldwide, the most played instrument is the piano, followed by the guitar and the drums. 21 million Americans play the piano – that's more than all other instruments combined! Other popular instruments include the flute, ukulele, saxophone, clarinet, trombone, and violin.
Not only is playing a musical instrument fun, it can also increase abilities in other areas. Children who play a musical instrument are shown to read at advanced levels, have larger vocabularies, and work better in teams.
Not so inclined to make music yourself? You can help others reap the benefits by donating money to organizations like Save The Music, which works to keep music programs in schools.