“Anatomists today would be hard put to identify the brain of a visual artist, a writer or a mathematician - but they would recognize the brain of a professional musician without moment’s hesitation. ”
— Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia
There is so much being learned about our connections to music, musical memory and how music affects the brain. Neuroplasticity refers to the brains ability to adapt and to change as a result of training and experience throughout a person's lifetime. Active engagement with sound and music enhances neuroplasticity which also has the effect of enhancing learning. I found for myself that when I was actively studying Sanskrit it clearly had a positive impact on my memory and cognitive skills. My sense was that it was not so much through the actual memorization but through repetition of specific frequencies and seed sounds.
The documentary "Alive Inside" is the joyful story of a man who brought new life into homes for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia, reawakening their minds and hearts by playing for them the music of their youth.