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Brains of Violinists

Posted by paulinefiddle on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

In a previous life I was a neuroscientist, and now I am a violin / fiddle teacher, so I'm interested in the intersection of those fields.  Several years ago, I wrote a blog called "Brains of Violinists" and posted it on  I discussed the effect of learning music on the brain.  Certain parts of the brain increase in size by adding new neurons when a person learns to play in instrument.  To learn more, you can read my blog at

5 comments on “Brains of Violinists”

Swing Says:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 @7:21:47 AM

A very nice article and worthy of reading more than once... I always enjoy watching and listening to young people play the fiddle, they do so much more naturally.

Play Happy

TimK Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2013 @1:45:06 AM

I think that the interplay between eyes, brain & hands, when reading music is great exersize and can help to ward of aging of the brain.

paulinefiddle Says:
Thursday, January 3, 2013 @6:52:15 PM

I hope that you're right about warding off aging of the brain. It sounds quite reasonable.

sophiabrugman Says:
Friday, January 4, 2013 @7:18:07 PM

Pauline ,, I heard this on the radio,,

paulinefiddle Says:
Saturday, January 5, 2013 @1:09:40 AM

Thanks, sophiabrugman. That was fascinating. I especially liked the two talks given by Dr. Kraus, the head of the lab ( and I think that nonscientists could understand and appreciate her talks. I was especially interested in the fact that musicians can process auditory responses to sounds other than music, notably speech, better than non-musicians.

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