Anita Collins wants you to know that 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? 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.
Seems like the more you practice your music, the more your brain functions and strengthen. And with that, she explains that it allows musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively in both academic or social settings compared to a listener or non-musician.
About Anita Collins
Dr Anita Collins has worked as a primary and secondary school music educator in both Australia and England. Her broad experience encompasses classroom and instrumental teaching, curriculum design and musical conducting of concert band, orchestral and choral groups and specialist and generalist teacher education.
Anita is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Australian National University. Anita has also had a long association with Canberra Grammar School and Canberra Girls Grammar School.