Why Listen to Classical Music When You Study?

TIP SHEET #3: Why Listen to Classical Music When You Study?

  1. Classical music benefits your brain, sleep patterns, immune system and stress levels.
  • Heightens your emotional state, making you more receptive to information
  • Musicians use “chunking” – tying together bits of information into groups, then remembering the group as a whole instead of the individual pieces – that you can use to study
  • Emotion from a calm piece of music generalizes to help calm you.
  1. Classical music lessens anxiety and reduces blood pressure.
  • Other styles of music – i.e., jazz, rock, pop – don’t reduce blood pressure
  • Slows your breathing and allows you to breathe deeply
  • Relaxes your facial muscles and jaw so you don’t clench your teeth.
  1. Classical music helps soothe sleepless nights from test anxiety.
  • If you tune into classical music before bedtime, you may fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer
  • Its rhythms and tonal patterns create a meditative mood and slows your brainwaves
  • Restrained music creates a nice background aura.
  1. Suggestions:
  • Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Strauss, Bach
  • Solo piano pieces – Mozart, Poulenc, Debussy, Faure
  • String quartets give regular phrase structure
  • Guitar and lute music produce soothing tones
  • Elizabethan consort music in the late 16th century was written to create a pleasant atmosphere at court without demanding attention.

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