How Music Creators Can Use Neuroscience to Their Advantage

Daniel J. Levitin Neuroscientists have learned a great deal about how the brain works in the last fifteen years. Much of what we’ve learned that is most useful comes from studies of epic failures, things that people got wrong. Understanding the limits of our brains, and the disconnect between how they want to work versus how we want them to, can help us put systems in place, or develop habits that will maximize our chances of success. For musicians, composers, and arrangers, this means trying to find a balance between controlling things and allowing time for spontaneity, serendipity, and the creativity that emerges from that. Research in four key areas can help us to increase our productivity and at the same time help us to feel less stressed out. Multi-tasking.…


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