Do you know that you get the greatest brain benefits when you learn a musical instrument? How is this so? Students, businessmen, thought leaders, housewives, hustlers get ready to be transformed on a Yobo level!

By learning a musical instrument you are exercising the left, right, front, and back portions on the brain. What happens when the entire brain is being utilized? Learning increases!!! That’s the point!

One of the most significant increases is in spatial reasoning or spatial intelligence. This is the ability to see pictures in the mind and to solve problems in your mind.

People with spatial reasoning can “see” three-dimensionally and can see the intricate details of an object in their mind. This is the world of the pilot, the surgeon, the artist, the strategist and the scientist.

Albert Einstein, the great scientist, is a great example here. He was a genius at seeing patterns and solving problems in his mind and a wonder to the world. When he died, his brain was divided into five sections and given to the top scientists in the world to study.

It was Dr. Marion Diamond at UC Berkeley, one of the people to receive a portion of his brain, who found that the spatial area of his brain was 25 percent larger than the normal human brain.

Einstein was also a violinist and played the violin when trying to solve difficult problems. His musical ability helped him to “solve all his difficulties,” his son Hans Albert reported.

Additionally, scientists have found that because music involves the brain at every level, the following occurs:

    Bigger Brain: People who learn a musical instrument have larger brains—5 percent larger than non-  musicians.

       More Analytical: Musicians’ brains are more analytical and better at math.

     Specific Brain Building: Playing a musical instrument refines the development of the brain in a way that cannot be done by any other activity.

      Necessary for Total Brain Development: Playing a musical instrument is vital for the total development of the brain.

   Better Coordination, Memory: Those who play a musical instrument have greater coordination, concentration and better memory.

In short, people who play a musical instrument have bigger, better brains!

Musical Suggestion: Take the plunge! Start taking music lessons; also get your children to take music lessons; take music lessons together. Even if you are “older” take music lessons—it will keep you young-looking; young-feeling; young-thinking!

Remember the phrase, “Good thinking, good product?” Now is the time to use the power of music to reset every area of your life and business.

Laura Etemah
Vocal Coach/ Music Consultant

Author: Laura Etemah

Laura Etemah is a Nigeria/ UK trained an award-winning and full-time Musician, Music Teacher, Author, Vocal Coach and the Director of Lee Vocal Studios and Lee Ellie Music School. As the music woman who loves children and a highly sought-after Music Teacher for children, Laura is also a strong advocate for the music education of the Nigerian child. More so, she has a passion for helping speakers, singers, musical artistes and aspiring vocalists of all styles and abilities, develop the full potential of their voices. The birth of Lee Vocal Studios came through as a result of this. Laura is also an expert in organizing fun and engaging music workshops for children in singing, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. Her multi-instrument playing skills has paved way for her in the music teaching business, making her a force to reckon with in the industry. Laura uses the Nigerian, British and American curriculum in disseminating her music lectures and this is the reason why she is the most patronized music teacher in Nigeria and across West Africa. Laura also teaches music to adults up to the age of 70! Proving to all that anyone can learn music so long as the interest, time and energy are there. The benefits of music are awesome and adults can rewire their brains for higher achievements and rejuvenate the abilities of the brain by taking music lessons. In 2006, Laura won the the Star Quest Music Reality TV Show, with her band – Daccord; and went on a tour with Tu Baba, Tony Tetuilla, P-Square, The Natives and a host of other Nigerian music stars to the UK to perform at the MOBO awards. Her band, Daccord also went for a 10-city tour with a host of Nigerian music stars (Star Trek, 2006) and performed alongside Akon and LL Cool J at the Star Mega Jam, 2006. In 2011, Laura was awarded by the ex-Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for her successful NYSC music community projects carried out to benefit the secondary school students of the Surulere Community, in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the projects included the audio and video recording of the popular song – Good People of Nigeria, which is mostly played on the 1st of October to commemorate the independence of Nigeria. Watch here: Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: Laura is also well known for her bestselling book, Sing Like a Superstar, which has helped many singers, artistes, choristers, musicians, producers and choir directors to discover the true potential of their voices. The book is also accompanied by a downloadable voice training CD that has proved to build the voices of thousands of singers. In 2011, Laura became the first African woman to obtain a Master of Arts in Music Production from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. She also holds a first degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka –Nigeria; and a number of diplomas in music. Laura has worked in several recording studios, taught and is still teaching music privately and in many nursery, primary and secondary schools. Laura is also very much in the business of training groups of singers and choristers. Laura is currently based in Lagos-Nigeria, teaching music production, instrument and singing classes.

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