When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Watch this amazing short video created for TED-Ed.
Arguable one of the most emotional episodes of TED-Ed is The transformative power of classical music by Benjamin Zander. A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Zander is known for his charisma and unyielding energy — and for his brilliant pre-concert talks. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.
“Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm.”
— Sue Fox, London Sunday Times
A wonderful article by TIME magazine!
"It turns out that playing a musical instrument is important," said Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern's Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory.
There's little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains.
Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn't otherwise hear. This helps them develop "neurophysiological distinction" between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.
A wonderful article written for Psychology Today by Christopher Bergland . Definitely worth reading it!
Ten Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power