Brain Scans Show How Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains

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We know that learning music is good for the brain. We’ve covered this point many times in previous articles:

Learning a Musical Instrument Enhances Our Brains

Now scientists are using brain scans to help us to understand the ways that learning a musical instrument benefits our brains:

Key points from the video:

  • Listening to music is good, but playing an instrument is better – when you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active but when you play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout.
  • Playing a musical instrument engages almost every area of the brain simultaneously, especially visual, auditory and motor areas.
  • Playing music combines linguistic and mathematical precision (left brain) with novel and creative content (right brain).
  • Playing a musical instrument increases the volume and activity in the corpus callosum (the bridge between the two halves of the brain) allowing for more rapid communication between the two hemispheres.
  • This training of the brain may allow musicians to be more effective and creative in solving problems academically and socially.
  • Musicians have higher levels of executive function (important for planning, strategising, and providing attention to detail)
  • Playing music enhances memory functions – making them more rapid and efficient.