You may remember that some years ago, it was popular to believe in something called the “Mozart Effect”, which was what supposedly happened when Mozart’s music was played to a baby and that baby became smarter.
As it turned out, the Mozart Effect was partly but not completely true. There was an increase in spatial intelligence but that was among those who had private piano tuition, and there was no increase in general IQ. However, that doesn’t mean there are no other benefits that come from listening to classical music.
Music’s calming effect has been proven to aid the body’s cardiovascular system, specifically its ability to relax from stress. Not all music, however, has this kind of effect. Not even all classical music. Some pieces of classical music are designed to be rousing. If you choose a repetitive and slow melodic piece of music that’s right for you, however, it can certainly help you to relax.
Music can guide your imagination, creating an amazing exploratory state. Each piece of music comes with its own story and it’s down to you how to interpret that story so that it means something personal to you. Curiously enough, both classical music and heavy metal have proven to have a more creative effect than other genres.
People have been making the most of music since the dawn of time, in order to enjoy an emotional experience. Some music has the ability to energise you while some has the ability to calm you. Some music can have a positive effect while some can have a depressing effect.
Selecting music that cheers you up “just because” is a great way to improve your mood any time you’re feeling low. As pain and depression are often a common pairing, classical music, in particular, can assist you in managing pain and lifting your mood at the same time. This applies whether it’s physical pain or emotional pain.
Music creates a focused learning state, allowing you to easily take in information. When you learn while listening to melody and rhythm, these elements offer a hook for easy and fast recall. Many professional performers (whether in business, the arts, athletics etc.) listen to music to pump themselves up for optimum performance and to remain focused.
Memory and mental alertness
With music playing in the background, you activate a super-learning state. Your brain activity goes into a state of receptiveness, which is ideal for taking in and processing new information. And as you’re relaxed, you can retrieve it more easily. Classical music, with its soothing sound, can also enhance your sleep quality, providing you with renewed energy to optimise your productivity levels throughout the day.
Productivity and mood
When you’re happy, you’re more productive, energised, and focused. Of course, this is the opposite to those days when you’re feeling stressed out or sad when your mind is racing and won’t give you any peace no matter what you’re doing.