ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Does Music Change a Child's Brain? | John Iversen | TEDxSanDiego

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Does Music Change a Child's Brain? | John Iversen | TEDxSanDiego

Here’s Great Tip: Does Music Change a Child's Brain? | John Iversen | TEDxSanDiego


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Music is a central part of life for many of us, whether we listen, dance or play. It can shape our mood or transport our imagination, but what is going on in our brain? Can music be used to help an ailing brain, or boost a learning one? The UCSD SIMPHONY project, in collaboration with the San Diego Youth Symphony, is attempting to answer these questions by studying if music training has an impact on the development of children’s brains and other key skills.

What specific experiences might shape the growth of specific brain circuits? By understanding music’s power to shape the brain, our hope is to be a part of the answer to this groundbreaking question.

John Iversen is a UCSD neuroscientist studying music, language and the brain in an effort to understand how we perceive rhythm, and how musical rhythm can be used in medicine. John is also directing the SIMPHONY project, an ambitious collaborative longitudinal study of the impact of music training on brain and behavioral development. By night he’s the co-founder of San Diego Taiko, a group dedicated to sharing the dynamic energy of Japanese taiko drumming with the community.

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18 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Does Music Change a Child's Brain? | John Iversen | TEDxSanDiego”

  1. Cheers for this, I've been looking for "how to read piano music for kids" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Foonlant Dumbstruck Formula – (do a search on google ) ? It is a great one of a kind product for discovering how to teach your child to read music notes minus the headache. Ive heard some super things about it and my neighbour got cool results with it.

  2. Many thanks, I been tryin to find out about "pictures of musical notes for kids" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Foonlant Dumbstruck Formula – (do a search on google ) ? It is a smashing one off guide for discovering how to teach your child to read music notes minus the headache. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my friend got great success with it.

  3. the reason why music is a nice thing is because only few people do it well and even fewer are unique. Now we're gonna scan kids brains and work out if they are gonna be the next Kurt Cobain? I dunno this science stuff is gonna make art really boring one day

  4. The study results are B&W. It's easy to talk about kids should take up an instrument. Conventional music lessons focus on the technical aspects of playing (reading notes, the right finger techniques, etc). If you don't make music education fun & engaging, motivate people to learn, you are going to turn them off to the point they'd rather watch online videos or play video games.

  5. Looking at the number of views on this video just made me realize how much we disregard music. How many people have told you "I love music!" But they don't know, or don't care to learn how to play an instrument. I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar and or the piano. These videos really inspire me to learn more about music. Thank you!

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