TED-Ed recently produced a video titled "How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain" to help illustrate how a musician's brain fires on all cylinders when they play an instrument.
If you're familiar with TED Talks, TED-Ed is simply a different department of TED. TED-Ed is TED's initiative to give educators a platform to teach meaningful lessons. Anita Collins created the lesson presented in this video, and the animation was drawn by Sharon Colman Graham.
Listening to music activates your brain, but playing an instrument kicks it up a few levels. Click play below to find out what neuroscientists have discovered about playing instruments!