Musetude uses music to help the left and right hemispheres of the brain coordinate through:
a. Playing with both hands simultaneously.
b. Learning both practical (right brain) and theory (left brain) of music
c. Enabling students to visualize simultaneously:
* the holistic overview (right brain) and
* the detailed task (left brain) of music.
Left-Right brain model
by Nobel Laureate
Dr. Roger Sperry
The left half of the cortex controls the right side of the body and the right side of the cortex controls the left side of the body.
The right brain is more spatial, abstract, musical and artistic, while the left brain is more linear, rational and verbal.
The left side encompasses everything reason can conceive of. The right side is a realm beyond reason. As individuals, we have to strive to maintain a balance between heightened reason and creative chaos (what quantum physics discovers as they break down matter and electrons).
The use of the totality of our brain, both working in synchronized harmony means that we use all the faculties and possibilities of creativity, from the simplest to the most astounding. The right brain holistically perceives a picture and then the left brain executes it in a logical fashion.
In today’s left brain dominated systems, we have not been taught how to reflect and see holistic patterns or to calmly ponder over an issue. The few who do this, are termed artists.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein.
Limited by logic, very few dare to take the intuitive leap into the realm of genius; a happy and playful cognitive mode, where only childlike awe and curiosity can take us. Our results-oriented, competitive, memory and retention based systems dull our sense of awe which is a higher cognitive function, characteristic of the fourth brain.
To scale the heights of any endeavor, see the overall picture in its magnificent unbounded splendor (right brain), then without loosing even one iota of that magnificence make it practical in a logical step by the step fashion (left brain).
The music workshop provides you with a chance to experience this synchronized ‘peak state’ of performance, through taking on an artistic, yet logical endeavor like music.
Dr. Wilson shared recent data from UCLA brain scan research studies that show that music involves brain functions – both left and right hemispheres – more fully than any other activities studied. Dr. Wilson feels these findings are so significant that it will lead to a universal understanding in the next century that music is an absolute necessity for the total development of the brain and the individual.