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5 Instruments to kickstart your office ensemble

We often relegate office bonding to happy hours and summer softball leagues. Those are fun ways to get to know your co-workers and connect outside of work. Let’s face it, though: They can get a bit stale after a while.

If you and your colleagues love taking turns playing DJ with the office music streaming service, you might consider forming a musical ensemble. Though it’s easier if many of you have experience playing instruments, you could also sign up for lessons together and then start playing. It’s a unique way to team-build and work together outside of the office. These five instruments are an excellent place to start.

If you’re looking for new ways to connect with your office mates, consider something off the beaten path. Forming an ensemble is a time and financial investment, but it can yield a huge ROI. Experts and researchers say learning to play an instrument can enhance brain health. It’s also a great way to build chemistry with your colleagues. You’ll learn something new as a unit and literally play off one another as you make sweet music together. Guitars and other string instruments, like cellos, violins, and violas, are classic choices. Try to mix it up with an instrument from another family, like a clarinet, a woodwind. You and your colleagues don’t have to perform gigs or recitals, but it may be fun to show your co-workers what you’ve accomplished.

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