All those hours practicing the piano pay off big time by biologically enhancing a person's ability to quickly recognize and mentally process sounds that carry emotion, according to a new study.

The study, from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., offers a new line of evidence that the brain we end up with is not necessarily the same brain we started out with.

Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs.

Collecting, summarising and sharing evidence of the impact of music education.

Watch Dr. Anita Collins' discuss how playing an instrument benefits your brain, explaining the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examining some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom explains how a Music degree was fundamental to her career and the importance of music education to society.