Brain Exercise |最強の脳トレ

作曲科の学生の曲をジュリアードオーケストラの皆で演奏する、Composer Readingという3時間のセッションが今朝行われました。いくらジュリアードの学生とはいえ、自分の作品をプロの指揮者とフルオーケストラで演奏してもらえる機会は少ないため、作曲科の学生にとってはまたとない貴重な機会…!

右上に、”Excited” (楽しく)と注意書きが。いやいや、楽しんでる余裕ないでしょ!




This Morning was one of the unique orchestra sessions at school; Composer Reading Session with our faculty conductor Jeffrey Milarsky. Composer Reading is an opportunity for Juilliard student composers to actually hear what their symphonic compositions sound like, with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of a professional conductor.

Yes, it is amazing that the composers get to work on their pieces with the full orchestra – however, the pieces we usually play at readings are full of fast complicated rhythms or intense techniques, and the reading became such an intense brain training for performers. It is almost like an iPad music game where you tap keyboard as the music gets faster and faster, except we keep playing for three hours.

“There must be some health benefits of playing an instrument like this,” Sumire thought while playing a quarter-tone sharp B.

According to my research, professors from USC and HARMONY, the Study of Dementia in Swedish Twins, found out that “compared to their nonmusician cotwin, musicians playing an instrument in older adulthood had a 64% lower likelihood of developing dementia or cognitive impairment.”[1] As noted in the TEDEd video above, musicians use many areas of the brain simultaneously to process different information. The video even says “equivalent of a full-body workout.”

Does that mean I don’t need to physically exercise?! …well, I guess it’s a different problem.

1. Balbag, M. Alison, Nancy L. Pedersen, and Margaret Gatz. “Playing a Musical Instrument as a Protective Factor against Dementia and Cognitive Impairment: A Population-Based Twin Study.” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2014 (2014): 1-6. Web. 10 Apr. 2017. <;.