Benefits of playing an instrument on the brain

It is widely known that there are so many benefits of playing an instrument on the brain. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the creative sensors, which can have amazing effect.

Music affects our brains in a variety of ways, and in a surprising number of different areas too. Music affects our mood, our response to things, our ability to exercise, our attention span, our reasoning skills... even our choice of music can reflect and affect our personality (see this article here from buffer '8 surprising ways music affects and benefits our brain' to see if you agree!)

When you not only listen to music but learn to play music, you are using many different areas of the brain; the motor cortex that controls movement is used when you are physically playing an instrument, the corpus callosum connect both side of the brain which is used particularly when you have to use two hands when playing an instrument and the sensory cortex controls tactile feedback when making music.

When you are not just listening to music but learning to play a musical instrument you are simultaneously engaging all these areas of your brain at once, making them work together more efficiently - every time you practice your brain gets more and more efficient!

Sounds quite complicated, you can watch below how playing a musical instrument really benefits your brain in this ted ed video…


The interest in the effects of music on the brain has led to research called neuromusicology, which explores how the nervous system reacts to the brain. Evidence so far has found that music activates every known part of the brain. When comparing brain scans of musicians to non musicians, musicians have bigger, better connected and more sensitive brains!


For more information on how music affects and develops the brain you can read the full article on

Oli Braithwaite has pulled together over 200 studies, by far the largest collection of its kind, which prove the benefits of music and music education.

Read more about the Benefits of Music here.