2014 is the Year of the Brain in Europe (an initiative if the European Brain Council) and therefore the project partners aim to draw attention to positive effects of music on the brain by spreding the information as widely as possible.
Biomedical researchers have found that music (especially classical) is a highly structured auditory language involving complex perception, cognition, and motor control in the brain, and thus it can effectively be used to retrain and reeducate the injured brain. In addition research has shown clearly that music learning changes the brains auditory and motor areas, which by doing so grow larger and interact more efficiently.
Professor Gunnar Bjursell says:
Already before we are born, exposure to music can be recognized by the human brain. Early on in life it has proven to be a beneficial factor for brain development. Therefore it is important that music is introduced early on in our lives – during kindergarten and in school.
Music and music making are both important for our well being, both as a cure and as prevention. The effects will stick, and stay there for the entire life span. Music has also proven itself to be a strong factor when rehabilitation is concerned.
Music making strengthens the mathematical- as well as the language ability of the brain. Music also has the wonderful ability to take over other sensations such as pain and agony. Furthermore It strengthens the motivational- and creative abilities. Thus - music is in important factor when it comes to building our societies.
More info about the Year of the Brain HERE