Music and the Brain
If you could take a pill to help protect your Brain against Alzheimer's would you do it? This pill has absolutely no side effects and will help build your self esteem and create a more fulfilling lifestyle. Sounds like magic doesn't it? But, it is simply music. I can tell you from my own experience in music that my brain functions in a different way. I had to stop playing (due to financial reasons a long time ago) for many, many years. Don't believe me, read this study: https://www.alzdiscovery.org/cognitive-vitality/blog/does-music-benefit-the-brain
This is a clear presentation (with other examples at the end of the article) of what music can do for your brain and neuroplasticity. I always felt that I had to "think differently" when it came to music. If you understand all that is required of your brain in order to play an instrument or play in a chamber group or orchestra you will see why. It is not just about playing a violin. It is about listening, counting and math, movement and sight. It is bringing forth music from mere notes on a page. It is transforming those notes into something audibly tangible to a listener.
Music is absolutely AMAZING! I am not just saying this because I am a musician and teach. I am saying this because I am a human who plays music and has seen results in my own life. Just read, "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levintin. I will be hosting book clubs where we can all discuss these interesting topics in my studio! Check out this book and join in.
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