“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.” This animation helps explain how the brain is activated while playing an instrument.
This info-graphic explains how multiple areas of the brain are engaged at once when a person makes music. It also demonstrates ways in which music improves learning.
How does music affect the developing brain? This article examines current research in the ways in which music may play a role in executive function and language ability.