Without a doubt, music is an incredible thing. It helps us to relax, increases our moods, gets the creative juices flowing, and simply makes life more fun. But speaking about the connection between classical music and studying, does it have a positive effect on students? Or is it a distraction and makes doing homework more difficult?
A large number of students worldwide consider music to be a necessary part of the whole studying process. They say that they find it impossible to concentrate and do homework without hearing music at the same time. Sometimes, the students don’t even need to turn up the volume because if they listen to music quietly, they don’t feel the wanted effect.
However, there are learners who say that music only distracts them from doing homework and find it easier to study in a quiet environment. So, what is the real truth? Does music have the ability to make our brains function better? Or is it a distraction?
The Mozart Effect – Classical Music
‘The Mozart Effect’ was introduced by the French scientist Alfred Tomatis. He used Mozart’s music with exceptional passion in his work practice, trying to cure patients of various psychobiological disorders. A little later, this idea was picked up and developed by a team of researchers. They conducted research that pompously concluded that the music of the great composer stimulates the brain and thus improves cognitive functions, including spatial thinking and memory.
An experiment, involving several thousands of students, has proved that listening to classical music has a positive effect on brain functionality. Children were asked to listen to Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. After that, the children mastered the basic concepts of music and even learned to play musical instruments. The teachers noticed that the participants of the experiment improved their ability to listen, concentrate, and even discipline.
After the theory achieved popularity, a new experiment was held. According to the SInews, the researchers came to the conclusion that classical music does not increase IQ levels. So, they decided that classical music, or any other type of music, cannot make students smarter.
However, classical music does have the ability to elevate your mood and allow you to study more efficiently. If you tend to get very frustrated and tired with homework, try to listen to various songs when you study. There is a chance that it will help you. If you frequently ask the following question, “Who can write my essay instead of me?”, try writing one with classical music turned on. It can help you get your creativity flowing, and you will no longer need anyone else to write that essay for you.
What About Pop Music?
According to Medium, not only classical but also pop music is a real helper in learning. A well-known psychologist Emma Gray is convinced that pop music activates memory and speeds up the processing of new information. Observations have shown that emotional songs, such as the ones performed by Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry, evoke emotional excitement in listeners. It has a positive effect on the ability to learn a foreign language and express themselves in different arts.
On the other hand, classical music can help students memorize the material (better and faster) when preparing for math or other exams. Students show a 12% better result than those who did not listen to such music. Dr. Emma Gray claims that different styles of music affect different parts of the brain. Another reason why you should listen to classical songs when studying science, math, and humanities.
The Bottom Line
Should you put music on while doing homework? The answer to this question is quite contradictory. It mainly depends on the person and whether he/she considers music a distraction. All people are diverse and have different levels of concentration. So, while some can easily balance between music and study, others just can’t imagine doing it.
However, it does not diminish the advantages that music brings to some people. For people who like listening to music while learning something, background noise can enhance their mood and enhance memory.
When students listen to something enjoyable, they get very enthusiastic about focusing on the task that they are doing. It encourages them to study longer and leaves them less emotionally drained at the end of the session. Also, music can decrease anxiety and stress, which improves the listener’s overall mood and mental well-being.
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