Light the Music, Light the Brain

Preparing lectures for 3 schools next week, (JMU, RBC, and the Steward School), we took a deeper dive into the science behind what happens when music hits the brain. There is a ton of evidence that playing music, (vs. just listening), does great things to the brain. Take for instance this MRI of a brain on music.

The brain on music looks like a Christmas tree because playing music engages the most complex aspects of brain activity all at once–hearing and listening, motor actions to produce the sounds, memory, emotion, intention, and learning. In fact, engaging with music lights the brain more than almost any other activity, and (bonus!) it is one of few daily activities that involves both sides of the ol’ noggin.

Oliver Sacks studied the music/brain connection in his book Musicophilia, stating, “There is little doubt that regular exposure to music, and especially active participation in music, may stimulate development of many different areas of the brain. In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing.”

By combining interactive visuals with sounds, our new ORO app allows anyone to play music in minutes, even without any prior music experience. So we are both inspired and excited to kick open the doors of melodic and rhythmic creativity. Let the brain stimulation begin!

Steve, CEO and lifelong learner