Thanks to brain imaging devices, researchers have been able to determine that music activates multiple brain regions, which is why it has such a global impact on our memory, immune response, stress response, and our emotions.
W5 developed an incredible series called the Musical Brain to offer the general public greater insight into music’s benefits in addressing the entire brain.
The theory that music induces more activity among all brain areas (called coherence) is true: musicians have greater coherence than non-musicians, and females have greater coherence than males ( I always thought I was more coherent than my husband).
In the Musical Brain you will witness the wonderful images of Sting’s brain as he listens, reflects, and composes music in an MRI machine.
From infancy, we are processing unbelievable amounts of information. And research has proven that playing music is one of the only activities that taps into EVERY area of the brain.
Studies show, over and over again, that all people, regardless of age or ability who participate in consistent music programs, show significant improvements in learning, maintenance and development of motor skills, auditory skills and social-emotional skills not to mention the benefits on productivity, creativity and mood.
Jennifer Buchanan, BMT, MTA is the happy owner of JB Music Therapy and Author of TUNE IN. Our “Music Speaks” Blog aims to inspire you to use music with greater intention and knowledge, hire us to help, and purchase our products as required.