May 8, 2018

Music on the Brain

Music exercises the brain in a unique way.

Learning and performing music actually exercises the brain… by strengthening the synapses between brain cells. Brain scans taken during music performances show that virtually the entire cerebral cortex is active while musicians are playing.1

Studies show that a musician’s hippocampus2; and corpus callosum3 are more developed than non-musicians. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that plays an important role in the consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation. The corpus callosum is a flat bundle of neural fibers that connects the left and right hemispheres and facilitates interhemispheric communication.

Research Studies



  1. Weinberger, Norman M., The music in our minds: Education leadership, 56(3).
  2. Sluming, V.A., et al., Increased hippocampal volumes and enhanced visual memory in musicians. International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2005. 13.
  3. Schlaug, G., et al., Increased corpus callosum size in musicians. Neuropsychologia, 1995. 33(8): p. 1047-55.