How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brains?Dr. Anita Collins

These are the findings by Dr. Anita Collins who earned her PhD from the University of Melbourne in the area of Neuroscience and Music Education.

In this highly informative short video created for TED-Ed, Dr. Collins and animator Sharon Colman Graham cleverly sum up how playing an instrument benefits your brain and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this, what is likened to, a full-body brain workout.

Not only does learning an instrument bring with it increased motor skills and memory function but it also enhances your social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Learning a musical instrument does for your brain what a healthy diet and exercise can do for your body.

Is your brain in need of a workout? Sign-up for one of our piano classes and let our piano instructors get the fireworks started in your brain today!


  • Lillian Schaeffer February 22, 2016 - 7:27pm

    Thanks for sharing this video! I really liked the point made that playing music is like a full-body workout for the brain. I didn’t realize that playing music could help your brain so significantly! With that in mind, I’ll definitely look into having my kids take music lessons to keep their minds thriving. Thanks for the great post!


  • Wade Joel May 19, 2016 - 7:33pm

    I think it is really neat to not only hear music but to play it. It makes a lot of sense that playing an instrument would improve your motor skills because you have to be precise in your movements to get the right sound. I like the way you put it, that playing a musical instrument does to your brain what a healthy diet does for your body.


  • Caden Dahl May 3, 2017 - 6:39pm

    I like how you mentioned that learning an instrument can help boost your self-esteem. I feel like it can be easy to focus on the negative and to feel badly about yourself in today’s society, and I want to make sure my kids feel confident and good about themselves as they grow up. Maybe it would be a good idea to have them start learning a musical instrument to help with that.


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