Classical Music & Concentration
The Power Of Music
We’re all familiar with the song, “the Power Of Love,” by Celine Dion.
But just how potent is the Power Of Music in our daily lives?
Positive effects of Classical Music in primary schools
Can exposing children to classical music in the primary schools aid in better concentration and social skills?
Susan Hallam, a professor of education and music psychology conducted a study on 252 children in nine primary schools in East London. Children, ages 7 – 10 were exposed to well-known classical works such as Beethoven, Haydn & Mozart.
Here are some of the results reported in UK’s Daily Telegraph:
- Enhanced listening skills
- increased concentration & social skills
- Positive attitude
- Increase in musical knowledge
- Improvements in English comprehension.
Is it possible for music to provoke a change in the learning environment, resulting in improved focus and results?
According to an article in USC News, perhaps the greatest and least expensive study aid one can have is – you guessed it – classical music.
Numerous academic studies were conducted focusing on the connection of classical music on learning.
A French Research…
… published in Learning and Individual Differences, substantiates such findings.
In this study students were required to listen to classical music in the background for on hour while attending a lecture. The results showed that these students scored significantly higher on a quiz than those who had no music playing.
The researchers concluded that listening to classical music made the students more receptive to information by heightening their emotional state.
This raises an interesting question.
Is the power of music always positive?
We all heard about the negative influences of rap and heavy metal music but…
CAN GOOD MUSIC INFLUENCE US TO DO BAD THINGS?
A study was published in the Psychology Of Music Journal by an Israeli researcher, Naomi Ziv. The study involved 120 students who were asked to carry out mundane written tasks for about 90 seconds.
Some of the students had upbeat music playing in the background, while others worked in silence.
They were then asked to tell a lie to another student about a certain scenario.
Surprisingly, about 65% of those who listened to the music agreed to do it, compared to 45% who worked in silence.
In a similar, more controlled study, the results were even more surprising. About 80% of those who listened to their favorite music agreed to lie, compared to 33% of those working in silence.
Meanwhile in Finland, a study was conducted on a group of teenagers taking part in a gambling game. In this study by the Helsiki’s Aalto University, the stakes were low but while gambling,
- for 1/4 of the time music they liked was played in the background
- for another 1/4 of the time music they disliked was played in the background
- for the remainder of the time, the game was played in silence.
The sound of their favorite songs increased risk-taking compared to silence.
Listening to your favorite music may subconsciously increase risk-taking. It may also lead to uncharacteristic or unethical behavior.
What do you think?
Any questions, comments or constructive criticisms will be greatly appreciated.
Sources Limelight: Australia’s Classical Music & Arts Magazine, Jan.10, 2014.
Limelight:Sharon Benson, Sept.2, 2015.
USC News, Dec.5, 2014
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