Playing Musical Instrument Enhances Brain
We’ve written about the myriad benefits of listening to music before, including pain reduction and enhanced healing compared to medicines. At Alchemus Prime we use music to enhance the cognitive, creative, and emotional states of our clients for optimal introspective, innovative, and analytical work.
A TED-Ed talk by educator Anita Collins indicates that playing an instrument has benefits to the brain that are measurable via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Playing an instrument is likened to a full-body workout for the brain that strengthens the visual, motor, and auditory cortices.
Listening to music is beneficial to the brain, as it engages different areas of the brain, which process the music, break it into components like melody and rhythm, and then put it back together. Music also balances the left and right sides of the brain, improving how they function together. As a result of a better coordinated brain, we can become better problem-solvers with improved memory.
Research shows that of those with equal cognitive function initially, those who learn to play a musical instrument significantly increase their cognitive power compared to those who do not. There are also anti-aging and behavioral regulation benefits, as well as alignment of chakras and cleaning of the subconscious mind for heightened peace, through the perfectly acoustic chamber called the Integratron, of which I have become a pilgrim in the past year.
In short, music is beneficial to us in many ways; and we recommend taking advantage of it.
Heartfelt thanks to my inimitable business partner, Sundarajan, for sensitizing me even more to the healing powers of music, and for all I’m learning about how powerful music is for me, for us, and for our clients.