How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain!

Making Music is a Brain Workout!

TED-Ed has a great video on how playing an instrument benefits your brain by Anita Collins:

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.

Wondering how you can get your kids to practice their musical instruments? Check out this post, 12 Musicians Share Strategies on How to Get Kids to Practice Their Musical Instruments.


MuseScore Brings Out Your Inner Mozart!

Innovative New Program Connects a Kid’s Developmental “Ear” To Musical Composition

A child’s relationship with sound is very profound and organic.

Young ears pick up on sound patterns before they even realize what they’re doing. From birth, our brains spend every day sorting through the sounds of the world around us, from human speech to footsteps, running water to radio static. Long after we’ve developed the ability to speak and interpret spoken language, humans continue to grow as listeners. As we get older, we hone our ability to hear patterns and to gather information about our surroundings based on the sounds that we hear.

One of the most sophisticated, pattern-related ways that we use our sense of hearing for is music. The patterns created by notes nestled amongst each other sound like, well, music to our ears! However, unlike language acquisition, learning to understand music isn’t something that necessarily comes automatically with repeated exposure. Music is complex, and many of its complexities lie in hearing patterns that most people don’t know to listen for.  Read the rest of this entry »

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