Music impacts our motor and emotional functions.  According to British psychologist Cariona Morrison, “Music is a powerful cue for storing and retrieving data. You can use music to process new information more deeply. It’s as if music gives you extra glue to cement data into your brain.”

Learning the ABCs is a good example of how music improves memory.  In the Drums Alive® Golden Beats program we tap into this knowledge. By integrating moments of combining speech patterns associated with rhythmical drumming patterns, we aim to help improve memory and brain activity.  Humans respond biologically to music and rhythm.  When one hears beautiful music the limbic system (considered our “Old” brain) associates it with an emotion and other functions such as:

  • Smell
  • Autobiographical awareness
  • Memory

Goosebumps, known as a galvanic skin response, can also occur while listening to music.  It activates the reward system in the limbic system and causes similar activations accompanied with sex or cocaine.  It has a subjective component and is associated with physiological arousal, which can lead to adaptive behaviors.