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Yamaha looks to science to prove health benefits of music

In this fascinating article from ThirdAge.com, Leah R. Garnett, author of the website Music After 50, interviews the president and CEO of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, Barry Bitman, MD. The institute conducted some of the most extensive research to date on the health benefits of playing music, and found that it can lead to reduced stress and a stronger immune system. According to Dr. Bittman, only 7.6% of adults in the U.S. play a musical instrument, and it is his wish that playing instruments be encouraged among adults and in health care settings. This could especially be beneficial for seniors, as playing an instrument has also been found to “improve mood, lower blood pressure, and affect the course of many diseases including cancer and heart disease.”

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