Music and Math: Neurobiological Advantages

There have been many studies on the effects of music on the brain. Many of these studies are done by doctors or experts on the brain. Let’s take a look at what is happening in the brain while we listen to music and if this helps our math learning.


As to the question, what part of the brain controls the correlation between math and music, there are also many resources that provide answers. Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, found that certain regions of the brain such as the corpus callosum and the right motor cortex, were larger in musician who started their musical training before the age of 7 .

The Corpus Callosum is like the mailman in our brain. It sends messages to each hemisphere and is the soul communicator between the two. The Right Hemisphere has the jobs of rhythm, spatial awareness, color, imagination, daydreaming, holistic awareness and dimension. It controls the left side of your body. The Left Hemisphere has the jobs of words, logic, numbers, analysis, lists, linearity and sequence. It controls the right side of your body.

What does this mean for our math learning. As we practice an instrument, our brains analyze the rhythms and patterns which correlate with those of the math variety. Also, we learn abstract spatial-temporal reasoning which is related to algebra, geometry, and basic logic.

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