Whether it’s teaching students to play an instrument or exposing them to the world of music and its many genres, classical music has a certain magic to it— something elemental and transformative. As musicians, we know how classical music offers a wide variety of benefits, and as educators, we know how it can bring out the best in our pupils. Since music education stimulates emotional and cognitive abilities, it can allow the brain to think in new and different ways.
Specifically, studies have shown that classical music can:
1. Decrease blood pressure: In a recent study where participants were exposed to different styles of music, including rap, pop, techno and classical, the classical music was effective at lowering participant’s blood pressure, while rap, pop, and techno actually raised it.
2. Boost memory: Studies suggest that listening to classical music can improve your memory, hearing, spatial reasoning skills and even general intelligence — otherwise known as the “Mozart effect.”
3. Spark creativity: While listening to classical music won’t instantly make a person creative, it can get those creative juices flowing faster, and serving up better ideas.
4. Reduce stress levels: A study found that pregnant women who listened to classical music were less likely to feel stressed throughout their pregnancy. Scientists claim that classical music’s tempo is similar to the human heart, which eases both anxiety and depression.
5. Improves productivity: A series of studies have proven that music makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable.
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The Cambridge Music Consortium (CMC) is a group of skilled and experienced music teachers and performers offering in-person and online music instruction for all ages and levels. Instruction is available for violin, viola, cello, Suzuki violin, viola and cello, piano, flute, clarinet, music theory, composition and songwriting. For more information, give us a call today.