Listening to music while studying can enhance learning, if your child listens to the right songs...
Most songs kids like to listen to these days seem senseless to many parents. Well-known pop songs often scream out the message “we like to party” (of course with the accompanying sexually-provocative dance moves). But there is something good that can be taken out of modern-day music. Yes, you read that right!
And before you do a “kids these days” sigh when you hear what your kid is bopping along to, we tell you why listening to music while studying can enhance learning and concentration.
Yes, even music from the likes of Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber.
Clinical Psychologist Dr Emma Gray, shares information from her research on how listening to music while studying can have a positive impact on learning. She was commissioned by Spotify (a digital music service) to conduct the study.
If you can bring yourself to look past some of the mildly offensive lyrics and/or controversial “twerking” that accompany many popular songs these days, you can find out which particular music beat will stimulate your child’s mind for various subjects.
Science, Humanities and Languages
Key skills in Science, Humanities and Languages involve the ability to process factual information and solve problems. The left hemisphere of the brain is used for such processing.
Listening to music with 50-80 beats per minute can induce a calming effect on the mind which allows logical thought and the brain to learn and remember new facts.
Here is an example playlist of music with 50-58 beats per minute: