Why does music make us feel so good? Neuromusical educator Dr Anita Collins explains what happens in the brain when we listen to music, and how fireworks really explode when we play an instrument or sing together.

Anita Collins
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Why does music make us feel so good? To answer this question, I feel like I need to try to stand on the shoulders of Aristotle and Plato, as I try to craft a journey for you that will ultimately quantify the unquantifiable.

It struck me that I could start by dazzling you with science, rattle off terms like dopamine and oxytocin, and explain how music ignites fireworks in the brain. This is the bread and butter of my work as a neuromusical educator....