Did you know....
That playing, listening to, reading, and composing music engages every part of the brain?
According to neurophysicist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, one of the world's leading experts on music and cognitive functions, the following parts of the brain are activated during different musical experiences:
- Motor Cortex (playing music)
- Sensory Cortex (tactile feedback from playing a musical instrument)
- Auditory Cortex (listening to music / the perception & analysis of tones)
- Prefrontal Cortex (positive or negative feelings about musical expectations)
- Cerebellum (movement such as foot tapping, dancing, playing an instrument / emotional reactions to music)
- Visual Cortex (reading music, physical movements by performer)
- Corpus Callosum (connects the left & right hemispheres)
- Hippocampus (memory of music, musical experiences, and contexts)
- Nucleus Accumbens (emotional reactions to music)
- Amygdala (emotional reactions to music)
That is TEN reasons to start playing the drums today! Because it's great for the brain! Want ten more reasons?
Here you go....
- Improves coordination
- Improves rhythmic skills
- Boosts confidence & self-esteem
- Improves discipline
- Improves concentration skills
- Helps you achieve your musical goals
- Prepares you for playing in a band
- Improves fine motor skills
- Avoids the regret of missing out on an incredible experience
- Gets you off our waiting list at the start of our next session
- Newcomers get put on a waiting list until after the returning students registration finishes. By starting now you'll get put onto the current student list when the fall session rolls around, giving you priority over any newcomers
The information about the brain, in the first 10 points that were given, come from the book This Is Your Brain On Music (hence the title of the blog post!).
Check out the book on amazon.ca
There you go, 20 reasons to start playing the drums.
Brandon Goodwin Bio
Brandon has worked with renowned jazz musicians such as Braxton Cook, Grammy-award winning artists Delfeayo Marsalis, and Kebbi Williams, as well as some of Canada’s top talent, including Fraser Hollins, Al McLean, and Samuel Blais.
Brandon has studied with some of Canada’s top drummers, including, Nasyr Abdul Al-Kabyr (Dizzy Gillespie), Dave Laing, and Dave Robbins, and has also studied privately with internationally acclaimed drummers Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss.
He has taught masterclasses at high schools and universities in Canada and the U.S. and is the owner/principal operator of Studio Drum MTL. Based out of Verdun QC, Brandon services Greater Montreal, Lasalle, Lachine, NDG, Westmount, and Cote St Luc with his high quality drum lessons.
Brandon’s group B’s Bees has performed concerts in North America and in Asia, at major jazz festivals and in some of the best jazz clubs in the world. The group has also performed masterclasses at high schools and in universities in Canada, the U.S. and in Asia.
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