Your brain is not a single organ. Your brain is a complex collection of physical electro-chemical structures that perform an amazing variety of cognitive, sensory, and motor functions… sometimes in isolation, but often in cooperation with each other:
- Some parts of our brain help us to sense and perceive the world around us, giving the ability to see and hear and smell and taste.
- Some move our many body parts.
- Some process language that enter our ears; others process language that exits our mouths.
- Some count numbers, some remember stories.
- Some perceive shapes, others see colors.
- Some perceive edges, other perceive orientations and movements.
- Some parts are logical; some are intuitive.
- Some remember a phone number for just a short time; others remember your ABCs for a lifetime.
- Some remember faces; others remember beautiful melodies.
- Some help different parts share information with each other.
- Some work together to integrate parts into wholes.
- Some trigger our fight, flight, or freeze responses.
- Some can imagine things… allowing us to “see” with our eyes closed or to “hear” with no sound entering our ears.
- Can you think of some more?
Don’t worry about the details. The point is this: You have an incredibly powerful and versatile tool called a brain at your disposal. When you study music, you have the opportunity to use and expand every wonderful part of it. Learn to use your brain effectively and your life will be a whole lot more fun and interesting than if you cast your fate to the wind.