When scientists compared brain activity of individuals solving math problems or reading to those that were listening to music, the results were vastly different. In the latter group, it was a fireworks show of neurotransmitters.
This happens when cognitive and sensory changes are triggered, our brain must synchronize this flow of information. Additionally, when the activity in the brain of those music listeners were compared with music players, the fireworks “turned into a jubilee.”
“There is not a time involved in musical activity that you are not engaging all areas of the brain,” says Chip Staley, Merit’s Wind Symphony Director. These areas include auditory, visual, and motor. Each system has a specific function that plays a part in making the brain stronger.