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By Deane Alban
If you are looking for evidence on how music affects the brain, you may want to considering studying the brains of those who play a lot of music — professional musicians. Brain scans show that their brains are different than those of non-musicians. How?
Musicians have bigger, better connected, more sensitive brains. (3)
Musicians have superior working memory, auditory skills, and cognitive flexibility. (4, 5) Their brains are noticeably more symmetrical and they respond more symmetrically when listening to music. (6)
Areas of the brain responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination are larger. (7)
This increase in size indicates that the two sides of musicians’ brain are better at communicating with each other.
While most of us aren’t professional musicians, we still listen to a lot of music — on average of 32 hours per week. (9)
This is enough time for music to have an effect on the brains of non-musicians as well.
Music has the power to bring forth our better nature. Some rather interesting studies have been done on what researchers refer to as prosocial behaviors.
These are voluntary behaviors intended to benefit others such as empathy, kindness, generosity, helpfulness and cooperation. Listening to music makes people more inclined to spend time and energy helping others. (28)
This is especially pronounced when music is appreciated in a group such as when dancing, playing music with others, or attending a concert. This prosocial effect of music has been observed in both adults and children. (29, 30)
A classic example of a prosocial song is We Are the World which has been performed for many humanitarian purposes. Listening to positive lyrics can affect how kind and generous you will be and even how you’ll spend your money. (33, 34) An interesting example, restaurant customers leave bigger tips when music with positive messages is played during their meal. (35)
Imagine the implications for 21st Century classrooms?
Learning to play a musical instrument is all about perseverance and resilience!
(Graphic created by Pascale Héon, Audiologist,
In 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Education released Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society. The engagement paper states that "...we must heighten our focus on well-being as a crucial prerequisite for long-term success...that the well-being of our children is our priority as a society."
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Our Lady of Good Voyage, Brampton, ON
"Allan Drive greatly appreciates the efforts put forward by MySchoolROCKS.ca during their ROCKOutBullying event at our school. The students enthusiastically received the messages aimed at combating and eliminating bullying in our school. The kids and staff had a great time jamming with the band and we truly appreciated the opportunity to get our principal up to ‘slap a little bass’. All the best for your future efforts!”
“I was blown away by how much the students learned and the quality of the show. The fun, high energy skits really helped our students to understand that there are strategies to deal with bullying and that it is the responsibility of all members of our school community to stop bullying. Well done for getting this message across! ROCKOutBullying should be very proud of their staff as they are great ambassadors for the anti-bullying program."
Thanks for the amazing presentation at P&P! Looking forward to working with you and our students in the New Year! Diego is still on a high from being able to share his drumming skills with the school!
Our Lady Of Providence
St. Valentine School
Our Lady Of Good Voyage
St. Martin Secondary School
Allan Drive Middle School
Our Lady Of Lourdes
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St. Sofia Separate School
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St. Pio Pietrelcina
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Father C.W. Sullivan
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Holy Name of Mary
Bishop Francis Allen
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Father Daniel Zanon School
Our Lady of Lourdes
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Sts. Peter and Paul Separate School