Incredible, isn't it? I mean, do we ever really think of our brain as a living organism, functioning mostly without our approval or knowing what the heck its even doing?
Take the Medulla for example. This part of our brain is responsible for keeping our breathing regular, our temperature normal, our heart rate steady, and any number of other functions that our bodies do, without us even giving it a thought.
Our brains are constantly sending signals to our nerves and organs; telling them what to do, how to process things, and even how to create future events and thoughts.
There's not one action that you do that doesn't begin in your brain first.
Your finger strikes the Middle C key on the piano, because your brain told your finger to do that. Most likely, you weren't aware of that whole process, because it actually happens so internally and "hidden" from our conscious awareness and focus, that it just slips right on by.
We're already aware of the connection between our brains and "muscle memory" in terms of learning the piano.
But now, let's look a bit at what's happening in our brains, when we're learning the piano!
Studies have shown the following facts about the benefit to our brains when we learn and play the piano:
There are many more, but they, just like the ones above are all incredible benefits, that we are hearing a lot about lately.
But now, let's see why these benefits come about...as in what is happening physiologically in our brains that results in these positive outcomes.
If you think about it, every benefit to playing the piano that you can "see" with your eyes, started from a change in your brain, that you could not see physically.
Take that a step further, and try to remember that while you are working hard on the outside to learn the piano, your brain is supporting you and making actual changes in your physiological brain map, that you can't see. It's like an invisible friend helping you, even when you aren't practicing or playing.
The brain is an amazing thing - but the brain on piano, is the most amazing of all!
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