Music: Does It Help You Learn?

In the same way that music has the capacity to help you sleep more restfully, can music help you learn? Is it a certain type of genre that creates an easier time recollecting information? Is it a certain music that allows you to focus more so than another? Is it the lyrics that make the difference, versus an instrumental piece?

According to sciencedaily, the focus on the transitions between music pieces allow for insight on the cocktail party effect – when you are in a crowd of people but are still able to hear your name being called in the crowd. In a sense, music does help you learn then; scientists are discovering things we have never known before as a result of music. However, in a different sense – music, according to Dr. Roy Paget in the article, Listening to Music While Studying: Helpful or Hurtful?, affects our brains by opening regions that allow for emotional response. This, in turn, creates elaborate rehearsal, ultimately leading to easier learning for the student. suggests that baroque classical music, music with sixty beats per minute, ambient music, modern-electric “chill out” music, such as post-rock. All of these put our minds in tranquil peace and we are able to give our attention to our work better. However, music that you already know the words to, as well as upbeat music are not the best choices in listening to music while learning. The article I mentioned previously, Listening to Music While Studying: Helpful or Hurtful?, concludes that lyrical music hinders your brain by interfering with verbal information you may be trying to take in. However, listening to music that is calm and serene, such as post-rock, gave the student no effect. Contrary to popular belief, the Mozart effect is untrue. You will not be smart from listening to refined musics – instead you will be intelligent from playing them yourself and taking up music education.

Contrary to popular belief, the Mozart effect is a myth. (photo by Robert Couse-Baker)

Contrary to popular belief, the Mozart effect is a myth. (photo by Robert Couse-Baker)

You can find awesome music to help you learn, easing the passage of time so you are not truly aware of how long it is taking you to finish that Advanced Placement Literature and Composition essay, or even just helping you pass time as you read your manual on setting up your sewing machine. Below are a list of songs and the artists that accompany them that are appropriate for the learning experience.

1. Caspian – Moksha

2. Explosions in the Sky – The Only Moment We Were Alone

3. The Calm Blue Sea – We Happy Few

4. This Will Destroy You – Quiet

5. Sleep Dealer – The Way Home

6. The XX – Intro

7. Weirddough – Mintsugar

8. Broke For Free – Simple Hop

9. Mogwai – Take Me Somewhere Nice

10. Hammock – Kenotic

As an avid lover of music in many different forms, I can say that I listen to this genre even when I am not studying. The beauty of it is so different. You are able to feel almost free, freer than you would feel if the songs had designated words to them. With instrumental music, your mind is able to wander. The fact that nothing changes about the music when I am studying gives me more encouragement to keep on listening to it. You should too if you are looking for music to listen to while studying.

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One comment on “Music: Does It Help You Learn?
  1. Aleksandra says:

    I like your post and I strongly believe that music can improve the learning results id utilized properly, i.e. if one is listening to the proper music.Music is the essence of many processes going on in the human body, and they effect of the music to the learning abilities is scientifically proven fact.Music is used in medicine and has a lot of positive results in curing a number of psychosomatic illnesses.

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