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Learning new pieces of music has the greatest effect on the brain, Sherman said.
“The key for people is to be engaged in the music, so if it’s music they like they’re going to be more interested in it,” Sherman said. “If you’re trying to perform music and get all those benefits I’ve mentioned, it should be something that’s challenging to you. If you already know how to play ‘Moonlight Sonata’ like the back of your hand you’re not going to get benefits from that. But if you’ve been a classically trained musician and you want to try jazz, and things that you’ve never done before, that’s a huge challenge and the kind of thing that’s kind of going to push you and have these physical improvements.”
Sherman noted there’s evidence that learning new music can strengthen connections in the brain, and improve myelin, a covering around the nerve cells in brains. That can help you conduct impulses at higher speeds, and enhance communications between different areas in the brain. Sherman also mentioned that learning new music might be able to drive the generation of new nerve cells.
“It tells you that doing these physical activities can physically alter and improve, to some degree, the function of the brain,” Sherman said.
As data and research around music therapy becomes more valid and accepted, it should lead to helpful discoveries in the future, Sherman said. He cited former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as an example of music therapy’s power. Giffords was shot in the head in 2011. She survived the assassination attempt, but lost the ability to speak. With the help of melodies and rhythms, Giffords was able to train her brain to discover new pathways to speech, helping her to speak again. Sherman believes these examples of healing are just the beginning of what could come.
“The more we understand about this,” Sherman said, “the better we’ll be equipped to utilize music in different ways to help people.”