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Making Music Benefits the Brain

Increasingly, the field of neuroscience is getting more specific at articulating the ways in which the process of making music—not just listening to music—stimulates the development and function of our brains. This TedEd video, by music education professor Anita Collins, explains how and why learning to play an instrument has effects on the brain that differ from any other activity, including other arts activities.

Meanwhile, researchers at Northwestern University have shown that students get the most out of their musical education when they are genuinely engaged, and not just showing up. When students are deeply and personally connected, they cultivate a love of making music. This can generate enjoyment, as well as stimulate intellectual and organizational skills, for the rest of their lives.