You have probably read hundreds of articles with a title similar to the one above, but this article is going to be a little bit different. I am going to try and explain why music helps people while they are studying. But first, let’s answer the following question:
Does music help everyone?
It certainly does, but not in the same way. A lot of people cannot listen to music and study at the same time, as they find it difficult to concentrate on either of the two. You probably know this type of people, and they are not afraid to hide the fact that they simply don’t like it.
However, they are not aware that music helps them despite the fact they don’t listen to it while studying. In fact, they mostly listen to music when they make breaks or go out with their friends. According to a lot of scientists, music impacts our brain all the time, relaxes it, and prepares it for the process of studying.
Therefore, it is safe to say that music indeed helps everyone, even those who claim the opposite. It’s just that they are not aware of it.
What does music do to our brains?
When we study, it is important to listen to music that has no lyrics, as lyrics turn on the part of our brain in charge of language, and we need that part for studying. Therefore, scientists suggest that we should listen to classical music which is one of the best genres that can help us in our efforts to study better.
However, the term “classical music” is a broad one and involves pieces created over a couple of centuries, and some of them that can be pretty distracting as well. When they say classical music, they are probably thinking about the First Viennese School that includes Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn, as well as other European schools from that period.
Once we settle for the right type of music to listen to, our brainwaves become more active, and we are able to take in more than we usually do, improving our studying capability and our overall performance.
Are there any alternatives to classical music?
You can listen to any type of music which has no lyrics, but there is one more thing that you should pay attention to, and that is the simplicity of the melody. Simple melodies of pop songs are pretty catchy and can be distracting while you study, which is why you need to challenge your brain and make it work faster with more complex sounds.
Indian ragas performed by some of the popular sitar players, such as Ravi Shankar, are superb when it comes to enhancing studying capabilities. Although pretty distracting at first due to their microtonal structure, ragas can stimulate our brains once we get used to Shankar playing drone sounds. This type of music is especially helpful to the people from India who have already been accustomed to sitars and tablas, and they often use it to enhance their learning skills.