We’ve all heard that learning an instrument can make your kids smarter, but do you know why it gives their brains a full-body workout?

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Watch the TedTalks video and how Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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