Re-Wire Your Team Member’s Brains with Musical Learning

If you’re looking for a Workplace Wellness activity that will really show results within your team, you should get us in. Don’t take our word for it. Look at what the neuroscientists have to say:

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins
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.

Transcript:
Did you know that every time a musician picks up their instrument, there are fireworks going off all over their brain? On the outside they may look calm and focussed, reading the music and making the precise and practiced movements required, but inside their brain, there’s a party going on.
How do we know this?

Well, in the last few decades, neuroscientists have made enormous breakthroughs in understanding how our brains work by monitoring them in real time, with instruments like FMRI and PET scanners. When people are hooked up to these machines, tasks such as reading or doing math problems, each have corresponding areas of the brain where activity can be observed. But when researchers got the participants to listen to music, they saw fireworks. Multiple areas of their brains were lighting up at once as they processed the sound, took it apart to understand elements like melody and rhythm, and then put it all back together to make into a unified musical experience. And our brains do all this work in the split second between when we first hear the music and when our foot starts to tap along. But when science turned from observing the brains of music listeners, to those of musicians, the little backyard fireworks became a jubilee. It turns out that while listening to music engages the brain in some pretty interesting activities, playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout. The neuroscientists saw multiple areas of the brain light up, simultaneously processing different information in intricate, interrelated and astonishingly fast sequences. But what is it about making music that sets the brain alight? The research is still fairly new but neuroscientists have a pretty good idea. Playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once. Especially the visual, auditory and motor cortises. As with any other workout, disciplined structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions, allowing us to apply that strength to other activities. The most obvious difference between listening to music and playing it, is that the latter requires fine motor skills, which are controlled in both hemispheres of the brain. It also combines the linguistic and mathematical precision in which the left hemisphere is involved with the novel and creative content that the right excells in. For these reasons, playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum, the bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more creatively in both academic and social settings. Because making music crafting and understanding it’s emotional content and message, musicians often have higher levels of executive function. A category of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategising and attention to detail, and requires simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects. This ability also has an impact on how our memory systems work. And indeed musicians exhibit enhanced memory functions. Creating, storing and retrieving memories more quickly and efficiently. Studies have found that musicians appear to use their highly connected brains to give each memory multiple tags, such as a conceptual tag, an emotional tag an audio tag and a contextual tag, like a good internet search engine. So how do we know that all these benefits are unique to music, as opposed to, say, sports or painting. Or could it be that people who go into music are already smarter to begin with? Neuroscientists have explored these issues. So far they have found that the artistic and aesthetic aspects of learning to play a musical instrument are different from any other activity study, including other arts, and several randomised studies of participants, who show the same level of cognitive and neural processing at the start, found that those exposed to a period of music learning showed enhancement in multiple brain areas, compared to the others. This recent research about the mental benefits of playing music has advanced our understanding of mental function, revealing the inner rhythms and complex interplay that make up the amazing orchestra of our brain Source

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Office Christmas Party Idea

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the last year or two, you’ll know that the ukulele is huge with hipsters and adored by a-listers like Ryan Gosling and Zooey Deschanel, ex rockers like Pearl Jam front man, Eddie Vedder and, back in the day, both Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix even started their careers on a ukulele! Fun aside fact: did you know that a ukulele accompanied Neil Armstrong when he was the first man on the moon? True fact! See here if you don’t believe us!

So, from the moon to London town, you can play the ukulele with your team and Musivate – (Fun, Musical Team Motivational Events). Founder, Lorraine Bow says “We love getting people working together in harmony, and people report increased connection and better engagement, long after our memorable event is over. Get in touch to choose the ideal event, individually created event for you, then bring us in to treat your team!”

Be a big hit and create a memorable, fun, harmonious, inclusive atmosphere at this years Christmas Party with the trendiest Team Building activity around! Book your team a Christmas ukulele workshop (no prior musical experience necessary) with London’s only ukulele team building company – Musivate. You can choose whether to have this as a warm up activity for 1 hour, or as the main event for 2-3 hours. The ideal team size to make this work starts from around 10 people and the maximum number that can be accommodated is 100, (yes, really). You can choose whether to stay on site, or have us find you a licensed venue and put a package together.

Bring everyone together, singing from the same sheet, learning a new skill and having a great time in the process. Since the ukulele won a Guinness World Record for being the easiest instrument to play, it won’t pose any of the problems that some still associate with school music lessons. You’ll all play at least one song in the first hour, or more if you want to go on for longer.

We have worked with Google, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Comic Relief, PwC, The Guardian Observer Group and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. We cannot wait to work with you, too!

Christmas Party Idea For Work

Book your team a Christmas ukulele workshop (no prior musical experience necessary) with London’s only ukulele team building company – Musivate. You can choose whether to have this as a warm up activity for 1 hour, or as the main event for 2-3 hours. The ideal team size to make this work starts from around 10 people and the maximum number that can be accommodated is 100, (yes, really). You can choose whether to stay on site, or have us find you a licensed venue and put a package together. Be a big hit and create a memorable, fun, harmonious, inclusive atmosphere at this years Christmas Party with the coolest Chrimbo activity around!

Bring everyone together, singing from the same sheet, learning a new skill and having a great time in the process. Since the ukulele won a Guinness World Record for being the easiest instrument to play, it won’t pose any of the problems that some still associate with school music lessons. You’ll all play at least one song in the first hour, or more if you want to go on for longer.

Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the last year or two, you’ll know that the ukulele is huge with hipsters and adored by a-listers like Ryan Gosling and Zooey Deschanel, ex rockers like Pearl Jam front man, Eddie Vedder and, back in the day, both Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix even started their careers on a ukulele! Fun aside fact: did you know that a ukulele accompanied Neil Armstrong when he was the first man on the moon? True fact! See here if you don’t believe us!

So, from the moon to London town, you can play the ukulele with your team and Musivate – (Fun, Musical Team Motivational Events). Founder, Lorraine Bow says “We love getting people working together in harmony, and people report increased connection and better engagement, long after our memorable event is over. Get in touch to choose the ideal event, individually created event for you, then bring us in to treat your team!”

We have worked with Google, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Comic Relief, PwC, The Guardian Observer Group and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. We cannot wait to work with you, too!