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Music and the Brain

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Music is for everyone!

Humans are wired for music. We buy iPods, cd players, walkmans, HIFI systems for personal use and in our homes. We even elevate performing artists to iconic status.

Yet with all this musical activity only about 7% of us can actually play a musical instrument and be a participant.

We all spend a great deal of time and concentration in school learning to read, write and add numbers. We do this because we consider literacy a measure of a successful society. Of course some children learn this quickly and even embark on writing careers such as a journalist, novelist, playwrite or screen writer, etc. Yet many also manage little more than to read their mail, advertisments, and an occasional book or magazine.

With Music many parents offer their children a lesson a week (unlike their reading lessons every day) and half heartedly request their children practise. If the child takes to it like our budding author did with reading we say they have a "gift," for it and allow them to continue. If they don't practise they are often refered to as a child that didn't really take to music or wasn't really gifted.

If we based our literacy program on this approach we would find 93% of the population couldn't read.

In addition to the fact that with a solid approach to music lessons virtually everyone can play there are solid biological reasons why you should also elevate music to a higher priority. Start with the link "How it Works," and learn about the enormous physical advantages music will bring to you and your families life.

Ian Vayne

YAMAHA INSTITUTEYMWI's primary purpose is to advance our understanding of Recreational Music Making as an effective lifestyle enhancement strategy. The Institute's mission is carried out through exemplary scientific research as well as dissemination of insights and findings through multiple educational venues.

The Institute's collaborators range from a world-renowned genomic research institution, to award-winning hospitals and extraordinary community centers dedicated to improving quality of life.

The purpose of this website is to provide an overview of the Institute's activities, as well as current projects and peer-reviewed published research.

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MNCAAN We are here to serve:

Older artists and other people over 50 who want to participate in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Organizations that want to provide artistic opportunities for the older adults they serve: senior housing and care providers, community centers, libraries, lifelong learning centers, and many others

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Recreational Music Making is defined as: “enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.” -

Karl T. Bruhn (Father of Music-Making & Wellness)

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ResearchThe link between playing a musical instrument and stress impact is supported by three published experimental investigations by Dr. Barry Bittman that utilized specific RMM protocols as effective bio-behavioral modulators.

Dr. Barry Bittmann (Mindbody wellness institute)

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