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Do you like music? Do you usually find yourself listening to music while studying? According to a university's research in France, published in Learning and Individual Differences, the study found that students who listened to a one-hour lecture while music was playing in the background scored higher as compared to the control group who listened to the lecture with no music. The study shows music is not only a Western art, but it also plays an important role in our development. However, not all types of music will help you study better. Scientists recommend classical music is the best music for studying.

What is classical music?

Classical music is the musical art style of Western music. It started in the 18th century. According to Kids Music Corner, classical music has a clear tune and simple melodies with a very defined rhythm. It is mostly homophonic compared to other types of music. What is unique about the music is the wide dynamic range. It can be quiet on the first beat and loud on the next one. It is unexpected and interesting for the audience to listen to. There are a lot of classical music songs through out Western history. Some of the famous pieces of classical music are Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven; Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

How classical music affect your attention and your mood?

Listening to classical music can boost the mood, help one stay focused, and increase productivity. Imagine you are in the library with some classical music playing in the background.The light melody will make you feel refreshed to start your work. Music is a wonder that can help students be ready for studying and keep them focused on their homework. If you are doing homework at home or in the library and you are surrounded by a lot of noise such as people talking on the phone, a clock ticking, it would be nice to put on your headphones and listen to some music to make you stay focused on your work. According to Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic:
In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma. People's mind tends to wander, "and we know that a wandering mind is unhappy. Most of that time, we are focusing on the imperfections of life. Music can bring us back to the present moment... [And] it takes just 15 minutes to a half-hour of listening time to regain concentration. Music without lyrics usually works best.
As a college student, I find it difficult to stay focused while studying at home because I tend to think about different things such as school, friends, and housework, which really distracts me from doing homework. I am ready to fall asleep if I study with a silent background. I agree with Dr. Sood, I think that music helps me a lot in focusing on my school work and sometimes keeps me awake during my studying so that I can memorize my lesson.

What is Mozart Effect Theory?

One of the most genius composers of classical music is Wolfgang Mozart. Mozart was born in January 27th in Salzburg, Austria. He composed over six hundred different pieces of music. According to the AARP organization, Mozart's music not only inspires the world, but also created the Mozart Effect theory. The theory was discovered by scientists in the 1990s. Listening to Mozart's music might improve reasoning skills and the ability to solve spatial problems.This is observed with students being more creative and focused in solving problems while doing homework.

According to The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, Mozart's music has sixty beats per minute, which increases the learning potential by five times. Dr. Georgi Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychologist, conducted an experiment by asking his students to memorize 1000 foreign vocabulary words while listening to the classical music. The research showed that by using certain Baroque pieces, foreign languages could be mastered with 85 percent to 100 percent effectiveness in thirty days compared with the standard two years. There is a relationship between music and memory. Listening to music can make the learning process easier because it makes the right hemisphere (used for analytical skill) and the left hemisphere (used for art and creativity) of the brain more active. 

Different ways to listen to music to make your study effectively

Listening to classical music the right way will make your studying more effective and reduce your stress. Dr. Masha Godkin, a professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences at Northcentral University, explained, “Music has the potential to take a person from the Beta brainwave state to deeper Alpha, and then Theta brainwave states, depending on the music. " Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, an expert in the field of Neuroacoustic Sound Therapy, said "Most of us live in the state of beta waves – aroused, alerted, and concentrated, and somewhat stressed." Two doctors show that focusing on studying can make the student experience stress and fatigue, which reduces concentration while working homework. Music can reduce stress by taking a person from the beta wave state to deeper Alpha and Theta, states of physical and mental relaxation and stress reduction, which helps the student be motivated and increase energy for an effective studying.

Keep the volume low

When studying and listening to music, it is recommended to keep the music volume low in the background to avoid distraction. Classical music includes songs without lyrics, which helps the students relax during study. According to Cambridge 2008's study, words are forces that shift people from their focus because they want to know what someone is saying. Speeches distract 48 percent of workers, according to the Cambridge research. Just imagine that you are sitting in two different rooms. One of them has a classical music in the background softly plays and the other has rock and roll music with lyrics playing loudly. Studying with classical music will help you have the energy to study while studying with rock and roll music will encourage you to dance and sing along with the song. None of your homework will get done!

Listen to your favorite music in the background

If classical music is not your favorite, it is not the end of the world! Try to listen to any soft music without lyrics will help your study such as music from your favorite movie or singer. According to Dr. Raven Huang, a professor at the University of Illinois, research was conducted on attention span. There were two groups: the control group had no music in the background while working and the experimental group had music playing in the background while working. There were eighty – nine workers in this experiment. After the testing from Audio, the results showed that good music affected the workers' attention span and productivity. If you listen to music that you do not like, it will make you feel annoyed and distracted. However, if you listen to your favorite music while studying, it will make you have a positive mood to start your work.

Keep your music thirty to forty-five minutes in length

It is good to have your music thirty to forty-five minutes in length so that you can take a break after a set period. Taking a break and walking around the room will reduce stress and the feeling of tiredness after sitting for hours. Moreover, when you are in a high concentrative situation, you should stop the music for a couple minutes and pay extra attention on that specific section to think clearly.

Listening to classical music is a good habit while studying. Music makes us smarter. It improves a student's memorization and makes students feel relaxed and happy while studying. The Mozart Effect is a good selection of music. Listening to Mozart will make you know more about classical music and stay focused while doing homework. Music has a positive effect on brain waves, which reduces stress. There are different ways of listening to music. Having soft classical music in the background will create a perfect atmosphere to make you have the energy to do homework. Since I was in college, classical music is my best choice for studying. I feel calm and peaceful while preparing my lessons. Now it is your turn to listen to classical music and let it free you from the stress. That is where the magic of music begins.

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