Music impacts multiple aspects of our daily lives. We hear it at the grocery store, as we drive around running errands, or as we sit down and eat in a restaurant. Far from being someone’s random selections however, the music we hear is chosen for a specific purpose–to stay in the store longer or to eat faster and leave as in the case of fast food restaurants. How can you use music in your own life for specific purposes? Let’s look at a few ways to improve your life with the aid of music:
Looking for ways to help you concentrate better as you study? Try putting some classical music on as you work. Studies have shown that music from the Baroque and Classical Era composers such as Bach, Handel, and Mozart can be particularly helpful in helping you concentrate and retain information. Be sure to make your selection from instrumental music rather than works such as opera as music with words can be distracting.
Have you found yourself feeling discouraged of late? Chase away those depressing thoughts with some upbeat and lively music. It’s nearly impossible to feel sad when you’re listening to exciting “happy” music. On the other hand, if you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by exams and papers, switch off to something slower, quieter, and more contemplative. Easy fix for a common problem!
Struggling with coming up with something to write for an English class? Take a walk sometime and just enjoy looking at nature. When you get home, turn some quiet nature sounds on, sit down with a pencil and paper and enjoy writing out your experience. You”ll be amazed how much improved your ability to communicate through writing becomes with the aid of some stimulating background music.
Memorizing facts and figures for tests–always a struggle for any student. Have you ever tried putting some of it to music? It’s well known that memorization can be made much easier simply by putting things to rhythm and rhyme. For example, take a well known tune such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and sing the parts of an ecosystem with it “Mountains, Oceans, Forests, Plains.”
These are just a few ideas of how music can help you improve–what ideas or examples can you share with the PCS family of how music has influenced and helped you in your life?