Thank you Anita Collins from TED-Ed.
The ideas found in this superb TED-Ed talk could make you want to practice more just because practice helps your brain to such a great degree.
The ability to simultaneously analyze both cognitive and emotional aspects also has an impact on how our memory systems work. Indeed, musicians exhibit enhanced memory functions creating, storing and retrieving memories more quickly and efficiently. Studies have found that musicians appear to use their highly connected brains to give each memory multiple tags, such as a
conceptual tag, emotional tag, an audio tag, and a contextual tag — like a good internet search engine.
How do we know that all these benefits are unique to music as opposed to say sports or painting? Could it be that people who go into music were already smarter to begin with? Neuroscientists have explored these issues but so far they have found that the artistic and aesthetic aspects of learning to play a musical instrument are different from any other activity.
They studied other arts. Several randomized studies of participants who showed the same levels of cognitive function and neural processing at the start, found that those who were exposed to a period of music learning, showed enhancement in multiple brain areas compared to the others.
This recent research about the mental benefits of playing music has advanced our understanding of mental function, revealing the inner rhythms and complex interplay that make up the amazing orchestra of our brain.
This is an encouragment to practice just to help keep all those areas of the brain active and “lit up.”
Excerpted from the Feature Article of the August 2017 Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter. Dr. Jeannine and David Jordan are the creative artists of Pro-Motion Music LLC. Jeannine, a concert organist, with David, a media artist, are the creators and performers of three organ and multimedia concert experiences, Around the World in 80 Minutes, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Bach and Sons.