Music and our Brains

Hello #OACommunity!


I do hope everyone has been enjoying the past blog posts dedicated to music therapy at Ocean Arts Cardiff. Today will mark the end of music therapy-related content.. For now. 😉

So, to mark the occasion, I wanted to share some interesting facts with you all!

Working as a music therapist, I find myself constantly amazed at how the brain responds to different kinds of music.

The brain is a complex organ and the relationship it has with music and sound is one that scientists are still analysing to this day.


I want to dedicate today’s blog post to the relationship between music and our brains!

Keep reading to discover some pretty interesting facts and let me know what you think!

  1. Music has the ability to help patients recover from strokes, Alzheimer’s and brain damage. Music is processed on the right side of your brain while speech is processed on the left. Music therapists often use a style of singing that connects the two parts of the brain and this helps repair damage to the brain. In the case of Alzheimer’s, music has the potential to bring back memories that were associated with certain songs or melodies.  Interesting, right?
  2. Listening to music is actually a workout for your brain! Your brain monitors harmony, rhythm and melody at the same time, which in turn, keeps your music sounding great and your brain in top form!
  3. Ever feel really happy just from listening to a song? Your brain releases an organic chemical called dopamine, which boosts happiness.
  4. Music can affect our heart rate– which can help with things like stress and anxiety.
  5. Music can determine how we see people! — One particular study showed that after hearing a particular piece of music, participants were more likely to view a neutral expression as happy or sad, depending on whether they had been listening to happy or sad music!

So there you have it! Music really is a wonderful and powerful tool. Here at Ocean Arts Cardiff, we are constantly surrounded by music and wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re looking for a safe, friendly environment where you can explore your musical side, we have plenty of music-related events so keep an eye on our social media and website!

If you are interested in learning more about music therapy, you should pay these sites a visit:

The British Association for Music Therapy

The Music Therapy Charity

Nordoff Robbins Charity

University of South Wales: Ma Music Therapy

Until next time, #OACommunity!

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