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Music and Brain

The link between music and brain function persists throughout adult life. Even when the brain is done growing, it's never done learning; and when injury strikes, music can help on the road to recovery

A dramatic new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio has uncovered a link between the music right side of the brain function and the left side of the brain that is used in language processing. The study also shows that music activates the cerebellum, challenging the 150-year-old hypothesis that this part of the brain (containing 70 percent of all brain cells) only controlled motor function. There is absolutely no doubt that adults of any age can continue to progress to an advanced level of piano playing. Adults are mature in brain development. Adults can play with a depth of feeling and sense of beauty that few young concert artists can attain.

 

 

Music and Wellness:

A compelling new crop of scientific findings links active music making to measurable improvements in human well-being, especially in older people. Loneliness, depression and even the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease have been shown to respond to music, and some studies have even linked music making to better functioning of the immune system. This section contains information you won’t want .

  • Recreational Music Program Shows Potential to Combat Nursing Shortage
  • Music Therapy Increases Serum Melatonin Levels In Patients With Alzheimer's Disease
  • Scientific Study Indicates That Music Making Makes The Elderly Healthier
  • Study Finds Music Therapy Boosts Melatonin Levels
  • Scientific Findings Show That Music Making Increases Human Growth Hormone Among Active Older Americans.