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Music specialist uses neuroscience to teach piano

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The sound of a piano is only as good as the one playing it.  And the one playing it, is only as good as their brain activity allows. That's the philosophy of a local piano teacher.

In the video, it may look like she's playing catch, but she's actually teaching piano by warming up the brain.

“I want to make sure that their body and their brain is integrated so the best way to do that is to put them on a balance board,” says Fentress.

“It's something I think is revolutionary, something innovative, something like I said is really not available anywhere else that I'm aware of,” says Rich Morgan, Owner of Morgan Music.

She starts kids young, and she teaches patterns.  Patterns are made on the floor, and then on the keyboard.  The purpose is to teach the child music, while making stimulating connections in the brain.

“Music has the ability to enhance almost every aspect of the brain.  If you're seeing music that's the visual cortex.  If you're hearing it so you have the auditory cortex and you're actually applying it so your cerebellum is going,” says Fentress.

“Even though I am in fifth grade, I'm at an eighth grade reading level and I'm in advanced math and science and stuff and I don't know if it was the music that helped me out with that, but it probably was,” says Becca Fentress, a local student.

Holly's curriculum is called Brainthoven.  If you would like to learn more about it works you can connect with Holly at  Or click here to be re-directed to her website.
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