Today I want to talk about some of the benefits of playing a musical instrument–it’s important for your brain and you!
The greatest brain benefits of music happen when you actually learn a musical instrument. By doing so you are exercising the left, right, front, and back portions of the brain—and when the entire brain is being utilized—learning increases.
One of the most significant increases is in spatial reasoning or spatial intelligence. This is the ability to see pictures in the mind and to solve problems in your mind. People with spatial reasoning can “see” three-dimensionally and can see the intricate details of an object in their mind. It is the world of the pilot, the surgeon, the artist, and the scientist.
It was the intelligence of Albert Einstein who was a genius at seeing patterns and solving problems in his mind. When he died, his brain was divided into five sections and given to the top scientists in the world to study. Dr. Marion Diamond at UC Berkeley was one of the people to receive a portion of his brain. She found that the spatial area of his brain was 25 percent larger than the normal brain.
Einstein was also a violinist and played the violin when trying to solve difficult problems. It helped him to “solve all his difficulties,” his son Hans Albert reported. This type of intelligence will be important for solving difficult scientific problems in the future.
Additionally, scientists have found that because music involves the brain at every level, the following occurs:
- Bigger Brain: People who learn a musical instrument have larger brains—5 percent larger than non-musicians.
- More Analytical: Musicians’ brains are more analytical and better at math.
- Specific Brain Building: Playing a musical instrument refines the development of the brain in a way that cannot be done by any other activity.
- Necessary for Total Brain Development: Playing a musical instrument is vital for the total development of the brain
- Better Coordination, Memory: Those who play a musical instrument have greater coordination, concentration, and better memory.
Musical Suggestion: Take the plunge! Start taking music lessons; get your children taking music lessons; take music lessons together. Even if you are “older” take music lessons—it will keep you young-looking; young-feeling; young-thinking!