Here’s more proof that taking music lessons is good for you. Steven Small of the University of Chicago used an MRI machine to scan the brains of a group of subjects. Some were violin players and some were not. He discovered that the violin players moved their fingers differently than those who did not play the instrument, thanks to activity in a certain part of the brain.
Cutting through all the medical jargon, this study proves that playing an instrument tones up the brain in much the same way lifting weights can tone up your muscles. This doesn’t mean musicians get smarter by playing music, but it does mean it alters brain wave activity in a positive way. And the more you practice, the more these changes take root. Time to take lessons again?