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In the video below Anita Collins examines long-term, positive effects of music. 

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.

Music as Medicine

It's more than just a pastime. It's beneficial for your mental and physical health.

Listening to music can reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels in the brain. It can also improve the body’s immune system function.

Musicians of El Dorado County


I play the drum set, and I usually play for about 30 minutes. When I practice for the Oak Ridge drum line, so music can get pretty tough, but after a long day, sitting down and playing helps me relax and take my mind off things. It's a very creative outlet that I love to do. 

Anavi Deshmukh, Oak Ridge High School 2023

The Power of Music To Reduce Stress

The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool.

Music can change the world because it can change people.

Bono, singer-songwriter

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