Listening to music while studying or working is something many people (including myself) enjoy Immensely. It’s great for blocking out all other distractions and getting you focused and ready to zone into work. It’s also commonly assumed that music boosts quality and productivity while working. Surprisingly, however, this is a widely controversial topic.
In the recent past, people believed in what is called the “Mozart Effect”. This was the belief that listening to Mozart and music like his, would significantly boost your brain power and help you study/work more effectively. Recently, however, most of these beliefs have been overturned by studies, which prove that this is simply not the case. Nevertheless, there is still some scientific proof that says music can be beneficial in these departments.
So what kinds of music help and what hurts? It really depends on the situation. If you are reading a book, it has been found that music just seems to distract you and the best reading gets done in silence. When working on a project, paper, or other kinds of homework; studies have shown that it is best to listen to slower tempo (around 60 beats per minute) or background music. Some of the best music for this is classical music, sounds of nature, modern electronic, and movie or video game soundtracks. All of these are able to relieve stress and calm the listener.
One of the other big factors to take into account when listening to music while working is volume. You want to make sure your background music is just that, in the background. If your music is louder than your thoughts it can impede your work and distract you. On the bright side, I have found that if my regular music (Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop) has low enough volume, it doesn’t seem to distract me much. Except for when that one awesome song comes on and I have to turn the volume up to max and rock out for 3+ minutes. I am still trying to incorporate this better study music into my routine because I think it will benefit me in the long run.
In my next series of posts, I will share my findings of the music that fits into these guidelines of study music and share some of my favorites.