'Your Brain on Music!' Composer makes music to enhance brain

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's no secret that music can be good for children. A program coming to the Valley this weekend emphasizes the importance of music for brain development and function. Music can soothe the senses in the brain, and some believe it can even help children do better at school.
Percussionist and composer Nacho Arimany is one of the only musicians in the world who creates music designed to enhance brain function. He actually composed, performed and produced the music of 'inTime,' a 9 CD rhythm-based music listening therapeutic method created to improve brain function.

Arimany say music has two components that affect the brain: resonance and rhythm. "Rhythm creates architecture for the brain, and helps the brain to create new passwords," he says.

He also tells us that music can not only be beneficial to young brains; it can hold benefits for aging brains as well. "When we age, we get slower, and our processing gets slower," he says. "So with these kinds of rhythms that are related to the natural way of growth, we enhance the brain to make new connections."

This weekend, he will be presenting his Elemental Sounds and Music Workshops, one Thursday evening and one Saturday evening. It's a three hour musical workshop combining elemental sounds, natural rhythms, gentle movement, simple percussion and vocal expression to build executive functioning, sound health, and self-regulation. Arimany utilizes instruments from around the world, body percussion, breathing patterns and vocal techniques to explore the neurobiological underpinnings of sound.

By synchronizing with the harmonic ratio and universal rhythmic cycles present in the human body, living matter and nature, participants discover their own musical essence and unique musical voices. The new-found skills and insights can then be used in daily life and business as well as in professional work with clients.

"Music and the Brain" Elemental Sounds and Music Workshops:

Thursday, June 5th : Professional Musician & Composer Hosts 'Your Brain on Music Workshop' at The Aviano Clubhouse in Phoenix
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 7th:  Professional Musician & Composer Hosts 'Your Brain on Music Workshop' at Harumi Yoga and Healing House in Scottsdale
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 

You can find more information and tickets online.
 
Learn more at www.nachoarimany.com