Bruce Adolphe demonstrates exercises to stimulate the imagination at the grand piano in CPR's Performance Studio.

(Photo: CPR/Lesley McClurg)
Harmonies, chords, and soulful beats aren’t just good for getting your groove on. Music is also food for the brain.
 
Research shows that absorbing melodies works as a strong tool for boosting academic performance, among other things, because it inspires the mind to improvise. 
 
Author and pianist Bruce Adolphe teaches musical exercises meant to inspire creativity as composer-in-residence at the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute
 
Adolphe recently visited Colorado Public Radio after leading a workshop series in the state for the Poudre School District to share with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner some of the benefits that come from doing musical excercise.