Did you know that playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain all at once? Especially the visual, auditory and motor cortices are actively working while we engage in playing music. With disciplined practice, these areas of the brain are strengthened, allowing us to apply that strength to other things such as math. Here’s another incredibly interesting fact. Playing music has also been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum, the bridge between the two hemispheres of your brain, allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively, in both academic and social settings. So in other words, becoming a musician can literally improve your children’s lives both socially and academically!

Want to know something else fascinating? It’s been scientifically proven that the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia is frequent dancing.

  • Reading – 35% reduced the risk of dementia
  • Bicycling and swimming – 0%
  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%
  • Playing golf – 0%
  • Dancing frequently – 76%

The study made a suggestion: do it often! Senior citizens who took dance lessons when younger or continued to take dance lessons 4 days a week had a measurably lower risk of dementia than those who didn’t. Another way of saying this is dance is incredibly physically and mentally!

There are so many things beyond the scientific benefits of the arts that I wish I could stress to you! I have seen firsthand how the arts can drastically improve our lives. Personally, I can testify to you that becoming a musician was the biggest reason for me making it college. I received a full ride vocal and instrumental scholarship, which paid for absolutely every aspect of college for me! All because when I was 11 years old, I made the decisions to start becoming serious about the arts. It’s not to say that it came easy. I had to push myself to practice, work hard and most importantly develop a deep and undying love for what I was doing. What incredible things for our children to learn! Help to teach them that practicing and working hard is the absolute best ethic to have in life and that loving what you are doing is more important than anything! My best advice: Help them learn to love the arts and the practicing and hard work will come naturally because they will be dying to improve and progress! A child that truly enjoys what they are doing is a child that will persevere and succeed. Before you know it, that success will result in your children being future band presidents, drill team mistresses, black belts in karate, and even amazing things such as scholarship recipients and who knows, maybe world-famous musicians! Have faith in your children’s abilities and NEVER stop pushing them to have faith in themselves!

-Madisen Whitaker (Bravo Employee)