Bolster your Brain With Music

Today I came across an article in the Washington Post, titled Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children. Dr. James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, said this study reminded him of how important it is developmentally for children to learn an instrument.

Hudziak said, “Everyone in our culture knows if I lift 5-pound, 10-pound, 15-pound weights, my biceps will get bigger. The same is true for the brain. We shouldn’t be surprised we can train the brain.”

In 2009 Dr. Daniel J. Levitin wrote his ground-breaking book This is your Brain on Music, which considered how people’s brains react when listening to music and playing musical instruments. Simply, when you’re playing an instrument your entire brain lights up; immense benefits are associated with this activity.

It’s sort of like a Burpee for the brain. Be it a harmonica, a flute, a drum, a guitar, or singing a song. Get some music happening in your life now. You’re brain will thank you.

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In the spring of 1990 Allan Boss was in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The attending neurosurgeon informed his family that he would never walk again or talk again. He went on to achieve three university degrees, has written/edited four published books, has run four marathons, and is currently writing a non-fiction book about his recovery.

Want to learn more? Email info@allanboss.ca  with the subject Send Me the Free Outline to his book, The Memory Box.

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