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Listening to Music


2014-0805 Music and the BrainIn the past, when I heard a school district downsized or eliminated its music department, I wondered if students suffered for the poor decisions of administrators. After watching the following five-minute video, I have a better understanding of the connection between music and the brain. Listening to music and playing a musical instrument activate the brain similar to the way in which exercise and nutrition stimulate the body.

A year or so after my diagnosis, I started thinking about the role of music in the recovery process for brain injury, post traumatic stress syndrome, addiction, and other adversities. Is it possible that listening to music or playing a musical instrument might improve the recovery process by stimulating the brain? Watch the following video and tell me what you think.



Thanks to Anita Collins for creating the lesson; Addison Aaronson for narrating the story; Peter Gosling for his role in the music; Sharon Colman Graham for the animation in the video; TED-ED for featuring the video; YouTube for hosting the video; Google for helping me find the video; Arizona Hypnotherapy Clinic for providing the picture I used’ and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.