Arguable one of the most emotional episodes of TED-Ed is The transformative power of classical music by Benjamin Zander. A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Zander is known for his charisma and unyielding energy — and for his brilliant pre-concert talks. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues.
“Arguably the most accessible communicator about classical music since Leonard Bernstein, Zander moves audiences with his unbridled passion and enthusiasm.”
— Sue Fox, London Sunday Times
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout. Watch this amazing short video created for TED-Ed.