Does Listening to Classical Music Help You Study?

Listening to classical music while studying in a library

If studying for an exam is the last thing you want to do, put in your headphones and turn up the classical music for some encouragement. There have been many studies testing whether or not it’s beneficial to listen to classical music when studying, and though some are inconclusive, there’s a lot of evidence pointing toward its helpfulness.

How Is Classical Music Helpful?

There are seven ways in which classical music can be helpful when it’s time to hit the books, so next time you’re dreading a study session, consider the following:

  • Refined Productivity – A study by the American Roentgen Ray Society concluded that baroque classical music improved productivity among eight individuals.
  • Heightened Happiness – Studying while being upset or stressed doesn’t lead to the best results. You can increase happiness by listening to classical music, according to a study published in 2013.
  • Increased Brain Capacity – Researchers in France discovered that individuals who had classical music playing in the background of a one-hour lecture received higher scores than individuals who listened to the same lecture without music.
  • Stress Relief – A study led by Professor Chung-Hey Chen concluded that participants had lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression when the study was completed.
  • Memory Improvement – Pieces by Mozart were specifically used in a study that revealed increased brain wave activity in a particular area of the brain that is linked to memory.
  • Decreased Blood Pressure – A study conducted by the Department of Psychology at the University of California suggests a decrease in blood pressure in those subjects who listened to classical music.
  • Improved Creativity –Also specific to music by Mozart, classical pieces were shown to enhance creativity more than silence alone in a study inspired by the “Mozart effect.”

As you can see, there are so many benefits of listening to classical music while you study. Whether you are interested in being more productive, lessening stress or improving creativity, learn to enjoy your studies with something that will lighten the mood.

What Songs Should You Listen to While Studying?

When you’re trying to find the perfect songs to listen to, it might get overwhelming because there are a lot of classical musicians and many of those artists have published multiple pieces. Do a little research to find out which music is best. For example, composers such as Strauss, Handel, Brahms, and Bach often slow the brainwaves because of their tonal patterns and rhythms. While this could help you relax before you study, it might make you also fall asleep.

Mozart was mentioned in a few studies previously discussed. The dynamic way in which he arranged his songs helps improve memory and creativity. If memory is your problem, Mozart might be the solution. Keep in mind that you are not a science project. You don’t have to listen to music only by famous composers. If you find a piece of classical music that elevates your mood, relieves stress, and allows you to focus on your studies, put it on repeat.

What Happens to Your Brain While Listening to Classical Music?

Many previously mentioned studies are inconclusive on precisely what happens to the brain while listening to classical music. What seems to be unanimous across the board is that it increases dopamine levels, giving the listener a rush of energy, and a natural high to pull from while studying.

Visit Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Even if you’re not cramming for an exam this weekend, the benefits of classical music are worth experiencing in your everyday life. Visit Dallas Symphony Orchestra today to help yourself wind down, focus and feel happier. For ticket information, contact us at 214-849-4376.

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