Please read this short article on the possible benefits of studying a musical instrument. A new study conducted by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine has found that playing a musical instrument may help children and adolescents overcome anxiety, focus attention and control emotions.
Excerpt that mentions high school students:
Led by Dr James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, the study noted that three quarters of US high school students ‘rarely or never’ take extracurricular lessons in music or the arts. ‘Such statistics, when taken in the context of our present neuroimaging results underscore the vital importance of finding new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood.’