How playing an instrument benefits your brain

A recent TED-Ed lesson explaind how playing an instrument benefits your brain

This lesson published by TED-Ed highlights the many benefits of making music. Furthermore, a NAMM statistic suggests that 80% of adults who don’t play wish that they did. Whether you’re 5 or 75, there is no time like the present to start playing a musical instrument.

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. TED-Ed


TED believes passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. This underlying philosophy is the driving force behind all of TED’s endeavors, including the TED Conferences, TEDx, TED Books, the TED Fellows Program, and the TED Open Translation Project. With this philosophy in mind, and with the intention of supporting teachers and sparking the curiosity of learners around the world, TED-Ed is the newest of TED’s initiatives.


TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.


MLC Academy offers expert music tuition in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for drums, guitar, bass, piano, keyboard, singing and more! Lessons are tailored to suit all ages and abilities. Whether its for fun or to gain qualifications, MLC Academy is the place to play. Our locations are prime, our team are friendly and experienced and our facilities are state-of-the-art.

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