This paper aims to explore the relationship between music and learning in the mind/brain.
Taking a consilience approach, this paper briefly introduces how music affects the mind/brain, then moves through several historical highlights of the emergent understanding of the role of music in learning; for example, the much‐misunderstood Mozart effect. Then the role of music in learning is explored from a neuroscience perspective, with specific focus on its potential to achieve brain coherence. Finally, using a specific example of sound technology focused on achieving hemispheric synchronization, research findings, anecdotes and experiential interactions are integrated to touch on the potential offered by this new understanding.
Listening to music regularly (along with replaying tunes in one's brain) clearly helps keep the neurons active and alive and the synapses intact. Listening to the right music does appear to facilitate learning, and participating more fully in music making appears to provide additional cerebral advantages. Further, some music supports hemispheric synchronization, offering the opportunity to achieve brain coherence and significantly improve learning.
This paper brings together diverse research to demonstrate the potential of music to affect mind/brain learning. Further, it introduces and discusses a specific example of sound technology to achieve brain coherence.
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