Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?

Music Therapy: Does Listening Music Helps You Study?
By Ahmad Amirali

Students, these days, are too engaged in their daily study schedules that they hardly get any time to relax or even do something that reduces their exam or test anxiety. Studies suggest that to minimise stress during studies; one need to engage in an activity that helps them to concentrate on their task. One such activity is listening to music during studying. Since decades music played a substantial role in students’ study life. There are many types of researches that revealed a relatively ambiguous picture of listening study music. However, these researches do provide a useful understanding for students who are, maybe, looking for ways to enhance their exam performance by listening to music.

One of the most significant theory is ‘Mozart effect’, the common idea that listening to Mozart makes you cleverer. The research itself was interested in the relationship between Mozart and ‘spatial-temporal reasoning’. The idea that music, mainly classical, may improve good exam results has borne, with websites such as mozarteffect.com selling music designed to ‘charge the brain.’ However the research conducted by MediaViolence has shown that to perform any task, one needs to involve memory and concentration which is possible only in ‘silent environment.’ It seems legit, as some of my students prefer quiet and undisturbed environment while studying or reading. There are many other factors where students who prefer a quiet environment; many also get the advantage of listening to music. For example, usually, studying in place often disturbed by gabbers, sneezes, or rush-hour traffic sounds. Therefore, if you’re looking to avoid being distracted by any ambient sounds, one may need to take along an iPod and a set of headphones during a study in that environment.

One study suggests that students personality and the choice of sound are important factors to decide whether listing music will going to make any difference or not in student exam results. Generally, pupil preferred listening to classical music while studying. However, there is no conclusive research available to back this up. What has been verified is that listening to music which has persistent state, a steady repetitive pulse, and not-too-loud genre can become a better option for concentration than inconsistent musical styles. In short, you may need to avoid listening to anything labelled ‘Mathcore’ when trying to be productive.

On the whole, Students, start listening to some calm and classical theme or instrumental with slight volume if you are experiencing anxiety during our studies or exams. You may prefer to hear music just to relax or take a break from your study. Either way will create a conducive environment for you to complete your task.

Good luck! 😊

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