5 How-To TED Talks Every Musician Must ExperiencePosted by On

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Being a musician means you have a love, appreciation, and a deep understanding of the art form. Sometimes it can feel like you’re speaking another language, honestly. The only time you may feel understood is when you’re conversing with, or listening to, other musicians talk about the craft. (Case in point: we’re music podcast junkies for that very reason.) 

That’s why watching/listening to music-themed TED Talks can not only make you feel less alone in the world, but open you open to corners of the music world you may not yet have experienced. While there are scads of TED Talks about music, these five how-to discussions in particular are the ones we got a lot out of, and think that you will, too. 

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain 

We already know that music can lower stress, but as educator Anita Collins pointed out Cin her 4-minute lesson (brought to life here through some clever animation and narration by Addison Anderson), playing an instrument has long-term and positive effects on the brain. Playing music gives the mind a one-of-a-kind workout, and this TED Talk just makes us want to exercise that muscle even more. 

Watch the clip here. 

How I Found Myself Through Music 

The title alone should touch a nerve with any musician who discovered themselves through music (re: all), but artist and speaker Anika Paulson definitely will. In just 9 incredible minutes, she takes us on a journey through how picking up a guitar in high school changed her forever and cracked open the whole world. 

Watch the clip here. 

How Artists Can (Finally) Get Paid in the Digital Age 

This one is definitely important if you’re a working musician and you’re hoping to make a living doing what you love. Here, musician Jack Conte talks in 14 minutes about how fans can actually help their favorite artists get the money they’ve earned (and deserve) in an Internet-driven landscape. 

Watch the clip here. 

How Architecture Helped Music Evolve 

David Byrne should pretty much be your go-to source on all things music, so watching a TED Talk by him is a no-brainer. Here, the former Talking Heads frontman discusses for 16 minutes what a venue means to artists, as well as what it does to the music being performed inside its walls. 

Watch the clip here. 

How to Truly Listen 

While this is the longest TED Talk on this list, it’s really worth your time. In the span of 30 minutes, a deaf percussionist named Evelyn Glennie in stunning detail how there’s so much more to music than hearing it. It will make you appreciate the artform even more, and how it affects different people in different ways. 

Watch the clip here. 

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