Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nice Corpus Callosum!

This little conversation from our teachers' forum about how awesome musicians' Corpus Callosums are is classic! You seriously must read it. It's Great! Enjoy!
Jodi says:
I'm always "browsing the web for games to play at my private piano lessons, or good ways to explain things to students and parents - etc  - and I came across a blog that explained SO WELL what playing music does to increase a childs mental capabilities...  
"To demonstrate the proposition that children’s piano lessons [Let's Play Music in our case] increase mental powers, we need to look at the human brain itself. The brain, divided into two sides, controls each hand with the opposite side of the brain. The left brain controls the right hand, while the right brain controls the left hand.

The two sides “speak” to each other via a huge superhighway of nerves and ganglia called the “corpus callosum.” The reason the piano is so beneficial for children intellectually is that the piano, in having both hands work together in similar ways, forces the brain to use both halves of the brain simultaneously. There are very few activities on earth that excite the “corpus” like music and piano.

And so piano activity demonstrably produces better handwriting, better math skills, better abstract skills and higher self-esteem, all through having the two sides of the brain talk to each other, over and over until the nerve path is physically thickened.

That’s right, there is a PHYSICAL result in your child’s brain as a result of playing the piano, even attempting the piano! It is a known medical fact that the “corpus callosum” (that nerve path between the brain’s two sides) of musicians is up to 90% larger than that of people who are not musicians. And starting piano at an early age begins those benefits early in life.
So if your child is not destined for Carnegie Hall, they may still be destined to enjoy, appreciate and create music. And have a thicker corpus callosum!


The saddest part of music education today is that piano lessons are, as they always have been, designed to produce candidates for Carnegie Hall, not fully rounded and nurtured individuals who try to play piano to the best of THEIR ability."


Shelle responds:
OH!!!  I LOVE it!!! AWESOME!

In this same vein, sightreading music on piano uses more brain capacity than ANY other activity!  Think about it, eyes see notes and translate into data, that data is processed into muscle signals that the brain sends to very intricate hand and arm muscles, the fingers produce the sound and the ears then process the sound as pleasing or not!  THEN (as if this weren't enough) the brain produces an emotional reaction to the sounds just heard by the ears produced by the fingers produced by the brain produced by the data that the eyes collected!!!!

CAN YOU SAY BRAIN WORK?   Cool


Jodi then says:
Shelle - You must have a MASSIVE corpus callusum..  Hee hee - what a compliment!!

Cindy, the blog I quoted that from is:
http://pianobynumber.wordpress.com/a-childs-point-of-view/
Once you get there, click on the right hand side on: Children, piano & brains.
Here are a few more of my favorites:
http://musicmattersblog.com/2008/11/14/this-week-in-photos-7/
http://laytonmusic.wordpress.com/
http://www.susanparadis.com/




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