Your Brain on Music
Neuroscientific research reveals that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential. Playing a musical instrument generates sparks that light up all regions of the brain at once. It is a multisensory experience that engages the visual, the auditory and the motor cortices. Playing music stimulates high-level cognitive abilities that go on to affect learning and performance in non-musical spheres as well.
Learning to play a musical instrument is challenging, involving practice and commitment to play scales, chords and patterns repetitively in order to develop and increase muscle memory necessary for mastery. Generations of kids have been coerced into music lessons but without active participation and meaningful engagement, instruments studied as kids often go unplayed as adults. Kids ought to enjoy learning music and should aspire to do so throughout their lives – the cognitive benefits are astounding.
Panjam brings together the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago - the Steelpan, with cutting edge virtual reality technology. Panjam uses the intuitive interface and acoustic versatility of the steelpan paired with immersion, interactivity, sensory feedback, visual cues and gamification of the VR system to induce active engagement that is likely to support self driven-practice.