Why listen to soft music to study, you ask?
There is a song for every mood. If you’re stressed or happy, or if you’re feeling lonely or on top of the world, music can change how you feel. Music is everyone's best friend. Wouldn’t it be fun to tune music into the daily monotonous routine of studying, interesting right?
The interesting here fact is that it does help children study better. You might think it is nothing but a distraction. But music can do more good than bad. Many scientific studies have proven that listening to soft music helps a child learn better.
Music may not always be a distraction, there can be benefits to it as well. Here are a few ways in which music helps your child’s learning journey:
Music helps children remember concepts better. Children form associations very easily. Think of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. When a certain tune plays, you know Jerry is in trouble. It’s because you associate that tune with a certain type of event. Music can aid associative learning, which is a style of learning when two unrelated elements become connected. If your child was listening to Taylor Swift songs while studying trigonometry, they might remember the formulas if they listen to Taylor Swift’s songs again.
Listening to music can increase your child’s attention span. A Stanford study found that “music moves the brain to pay attention”. Background music can enhance the brain’s performance on cognitive tasks. Of course, this isn’t true for all kinds of music, but the trick is to listen to music you enjoy. Listening to music can help children process information better.
It reduces stress and that’s always a good thing. After a tiring day at school, the idea of a bunch of assignments to finish can be daunting. Children can feel as if they have too much on their plate and feel demotivated. Listening to music can help them unwind, take it one step at a time and feel better. We’re sure you like listening to a few songs when you’re done with work. So do your children!
The music you choose to listen to while studying or working is unique.Your choice of music can also reveal a lot about your personality. But to reap the benefits of listening to music while studying, it is important to listen to the right kind of music.
What kind of Music should children listen to while studying?
Studies show that classical music helps children best when it comes to studying. It enhances the chances of memorisation among children. This is because the sound waves of this particular genre help the brain to relax. This increases the efficiency of a child to adapt and memorise better. This is also called the ‘Mozart Theory’.
Studies also show that classical music has a better chance to help increase memorisation than studying in a silent atmosphere. In fact, being in a silent environment might be more disturbing for a child to study in. But, classical Music is different and more effective as compared to other themes because the beats are more stable and slow. This allows children to psychologically go at their own pace of understanding. With slower beats as compared to other genres, it helps children to be more efficient. So listening to a Rap may not have the same effect as listening to a song with smooth and slower beats. The next time your child sits down to study, you could try playing songs of Beethoven or Mozart to help them.
And then there is making your own music! Imagine how fun would it be for children to come up with their own little jingles to learn the periodic table.
Music isn’t just for pleasure, it can be a learning tool if you choose to use it as one!