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:

This information is taken from a brilliant Ted Ed original:
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!

Strike the Right Christmas Chord with 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.

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!

The Ukulele Is Scientifically Proven To Make You Happy….

11 Scientific Ways To Be Happy, including play the ukulele!

We, naturally agree, it has been proven that many of our event attendees find pleasure and happiness in their ukulele playing. We love this infographic ’11 Scientific Ways To Be Happy’.

11-scientific-ways-to-be-happy-ukulele

According to this infographic, apparently edited from the original Funders and Founders infographic ’10 Scientific Ways To Be Happy’, which they had taken and simplified from the rather more wordy and detailed blog from Buffer. I’d love to know who copied the font and added in the ukulele to the silhouette’s hand. I’d love to credit the author for their work.

5 Ways To Build A Great Workplace Team

Every manager wishes to have a team of employees that work coherently together, bouncing off each other and bringing out the best in one another. But how do you go about creating these bonded teams, where strengths and weaknesses are balanced out around the group, and a few clear leaders emerge to direct the strategy? We have put together a few top tips to help managers who are trying to build their perfect workplace team – try them all out and let us know the results!

  1. Cultivate Balance.

No employee’s ideas are more important than another’s. Try to cultivate an attitude of equality amongst the group; any individual successes are celebrated as a team effort, and the same with all failures. This will give the workplace the incentive to work as a group, pitching it and helping to achieve more than they could independently.

  1. Identify Leaders.

Whilst equality and balance is always important, there will always be a few members of a team who stand out for having great leadership skills. They will steer debates, they will call for votes on important issues and they will be the bedrock that any good team is built on. If you don’t know who your leaders are, put your team in a situation where they are guaranteed to emerge – head out on a team-building activity together, or set a particularly tough task for them in the workplace and see who takes up the mantle.

  1. Encourage Communication.

No team will work efficiently if it has no internal channels of communication. Opening up these channels, especially with groups of new employees, can often be tough – conduct icebreakers each day, or send the entire team off on a team-building weekend to make sure that when they come back, they are comfortable and confident enough in their group to be able to speak up and participate.

  1. Endorse Different Styles of Working.

Not everyone will want to work in the same way as others, and this isn’t something that should be stamped out in a team environment. The diversity of a team is one of its biggest strengths, and trying to remove any form of varied thinking or alternative route is diluting this diversity. Allow people to work in the style that they feel comfortable – you may be surprised at the results that emerge!

  1. Acknowledge Success.

Teams thrive on success, and it’s important for managers to acknowledge it whenever it happens. Even the small victories can prove a useful incentive for each employee in the future, and it can help to cement the team’s work ethic – if the team know that their work is being noticed and rewarded, they will be more likely to respond in kind, working ever harder and producing better results.

If you are looking for a teambuilding activity with a difference, why not speak to us here at Musivate about how we can help?

3 Reasons Why Music Is The Best Choice For Team-Building

When it comes to choosing a team-building activity that will help an entire workplace to bond and work more coherently as a group, it’s important to choose a task that the vast majority can get involved in. Many are put off by terrifying team-building assault courses, and those dreaded orienteering residential trips always end with one team stranded out in the open countryside when their compass fails.

What’s the one thing that brings people together like nothing else? What is one area of culture that almost everyone has some form of interest in? That’s right – music. Whether you’re into classic rock, 18th century operettas or conventional mainstream pop, you’ll find some form of music fan in everyone, making it the ideal task for team-building activities. Take a look at our top reasons why music is the best way to unite your team:

  1. It’s energising. When you work as a team to create your own music, it’s bound to be an energising experience. Nobody wants to be the person that pens a heartfelt ballad with a totally straight face, and while it’s encouraged that people take their music tuition seriously during the session, it’s also good to have a little fun. Writing a witty song and performing it to workmates, or nailing a performance with your colleagues is a fantastic way to energise the group and give them a real morale boost.
  2. It breaks down barriers. Those with very diverse workplaces, with a range of cultural backgrounds, ages and personalities, will often find that choosing a team-building exercise is hard. Music transcends all of those things – it doesn’t matter whether you pair up a twenty-one-year old graduate with a fifty-year-old manager; if they’re working on something musical, they immediately have a common ground and can use it to their advantage.
  3. It boosts creativity. Being dynamic, creative and open to new ideas is important in many businesses nowadays, and nothing encourages open-mindedness like creating new music together. Employees can discover new creative channels they didn’t know, they can improve the way in which they communicate ideas in a group, and they can think outside of the box to produce something very special to perform for their colleagues.

So there you have it – music is the definitive way to unite your team at work and ensure that they come out of the team-building activity refreshed, rejuvenated and with an open mind as to what they can achieve when they work together.