How playing an instrument benefits your brain.


A picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is worth a video then? In under five minutes this animated movie from TED-Ed explains many benefits of playing a musical instrument. They compare playing to the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout. The reason given is, that unlike listening, playing music engages practically every area of the brain at once.

Also the video points out, that artistic and aesthetic aspects of learning to play a musical instrument are different from any other activity studied by brain scientists. Including other arts.

This video summarizes why I started Musicably. Following posts will go deeper in the benefits of active music making, especially when combined with mindfulness. The overarching goal of this effort is to persuade, encourage and help readers to grab a musical instrument and start playing, singing or dancing.

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