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.


TED-Ed Clubs: Supporting Students & Their Big Ideas!

Bring TED to Your Classroom or Community-Based Educational Group with TED-Ed Clubs!

Kids are full of great ideas of all sizes. They invent new games, build ornate miniature structures, make beautiful and fascinating art, and have refreshing – and often wise – insight on many of life’s challenges. In order to promote the continuation of this creativity from childhood into the tween- and teenage years, Ted-Ed has created Ted-Ed Clubs, a platform that allows students with age-appropriate access to the TEDx idea-sharing network!

All around the world, people are using TEDx to inform others about their experiences, inventions, and ideas (including Hilltown Families), and with TED-Ed Clubs, participation in the network has become much more accessible to students. Open to kids ages 8-18, Ted-Ed Clubs are centered around encouraging students’ creativity, reinforcing their confidence in their original ideas, and teaching students how to effectively share these thoughts – with their club members, and with the world.

Bringing a Ted-Ed Club to your community is fairly simple – clubs must have at least five members, and require an adult facilitator. Interested parents, teachers, group leaders, and others working with kids can apply online to begin a Ted-Ed Club, and will, once the club has been created, gain access to resources that will aid with club facilitation… Click here to find how participation in a TED-Ed Club has many benefits for students of all ages!

Lessons Worth Sharing

TED-Ed: Resource for Educators & Learners

In addition to offering thousands of informational and inspirational talks, the organization TED now offers resources specifically for educators and learners. TED-Ed (, a new platform developed by the organization (whose acronym name stands for technology, entertainment, and design), offers educational videos that differ slightly in structure and purpose from the internationally known TED and TEDx talks.

Written by educators and animated by professional animators, TED-Ed videos provide lessons on a wide variety of topics in every typical school subject. Families can use TED-Ed resources to supplement studies done in school, to help with homework, or to explore new and exciting topics together. Each video is designed to offer specific information that is presented in a way that makes for easy listening, and the narrative is accompanied by visuals that illustrate the main idea and details of each topic.

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