Music and the Brain

Science Center Stage: Music Changes the Brain

"Music training can alter both the structure of the brain’s white matter, which transfers signals through the brain, and gray matter, which has most of the brain’s neurons that are active in processing information." - Jhoanna Robinson ...or so says new studies out of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. The study followed six [...]

Do Music? Yep, You’re Probably Smarter

Study after study after study in respected, peer-reviewed journals in a variety of fields tell us the same thing over and over, and we don't mind pointing it out each time a new researcher adds to the heap of science telling us what we already know: if you make music, it positively impacts other areas [...]

Music As Language

Oh, the directions we could take this article! Written music is a language. Phrase structure...how a piece of music unfolds section by section can be considered a language. And like any language, the more you experience these aspects of music, the easier they are to understand. When you get used to Bach's compositional language, you [...]

Interview: Paige Hays and Brain Architecture

Stay tuned for an interview with Paige Hays, Occupational Therapist!   I am a licensed and registered occupational therapist with extensive experience and expertise in working with children with developmental needs. I have always been drawn to helping children. I starting building my knowledge and skills while an undergraduate student by studying behavioral therapy techniques [...]

How Music Affects your Mood and your Mind

With over 30 years of observing children and adults in the Kindermusik classroom, we know from experience that music has a huge effect on the emotions. Science and research continue to affirm what we also suspect, and that is that music can significantly impact cognition as well – in the early years and later in [...]