Music theory for Memory

By: Sara Pemberton and Bailey Edinburgh

Why we chose our topic of Music theory and how it helps Memory

Everyone relates to music. We wanted to learn the different effects that different music can have on people and how they are able to remember things. Music effects everyone in different ways, and we wanted to see the effects it has on the brain.

How Music Theory helps with Memory

Music theory stimulates the auditory, motor and limbic (emotional parts of the brain. Remembering music also has to do with the surrounding you are in to understand and to receive the full musical experience. During music therapy, listening to music can help us to recall memories from the past and fragments that before we could not recall or remember.

What happens in the Brain while listening to music

By listening to music, the brains auditory, motor and limbic (emotional) regions of the brain become activated. The hippocampus also is activated and stimulated while listening to music. studies have shown that listening to music can help alzheimer's patients recall memories by stimulating the brain. Overall music helps with widespread brain activation.

Scientists and Psycholgists

Dr. Christoph J. Ploner
Carson Finke
Nazli Esfahani


Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford- Uses music therapy to help teach herself how to talk again after a traumatic brain injury of being shot to the head.

A woman was found to have hallucinations and night terrors when songs that sometimes she didnt even know would play repetitively in her mindlike an internal jukebox that went on for months.

Researchers studied a man who had lost all of his memories except for his musical learning abilities, he could still perfectly sight-read and play the cello without having to relearn the skill.