Video shown to the audience for the Catalpa Quartet's 2nd annual benefit concert. The quartet raises funds for orchestral instrument repair in Title I elementary schools in the Boise Public Schools.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.
North Junior High School's Catalpa Quartet performs Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 at it's benefit concert at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Sunday May 18, 2014 in Boise. Eighth-graders Lauren Vandervelden, Jusung Lee, Anaise Boucher-Browning and Ben Seabourn decided at the start of the school year to form a string quartet and raise money to benefit Title I elementary schools in the Boise District with instrument repair.

The Catalpa Quartet performs Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles at their first annual benefit concert.