The Huffington Post  – by Frank Fitzpatrick

Thursday, October 11, 2012

“A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.” — Henry Giles

Music is like a mega-vitamin for the brain. Music can increase receptivity and retention of information, aid in the cognitive development of our children, shift our perceptions and emotional states, and inspire creativity and innovative thinking.[1] Playing music, which we will cover in our next chapter, simultaneously engages more areas of the human brain than any other known activity. How do we tap into this wealth of neural activation? Let’s start with what I call “active listening.”