Classical Music Improves Test Scores

Ever thought about how to improve SAT scores or trying to focus on studying? There have many numerous studies that show how that can be possible. Listening to classical music is an effective way to concentrate on homework because there are no lyrics. Music with lyrics is a distraction just as big as talking to other people. Classical music could play a big factor in keeping focus because it is all instrumental and they will lead to getting work done.

One of the first things to prove how classical music is effective is by studying the brain. There is a function in the brain called the temporal gyrus which predicts whether a person likes a piece of music but involves storing templates from songs heard before. Such as if someone is listening to rap music a lot, they would study better with rap rather than other types of music.

You might ask why classical music instead of anything else. According to Rowat, “Classical music’s clearly organized rhythm encourages clear thinking.” This would show that instrumental music can help others study more efficiently and distracting the brain from focusing on other things that aren’t relevant. While there are sophisticated harmonies playing, it can help the brain cope with complex problems and ideas. These could help all different ages with their studies if they are having trouble concentrating because it would stimulate the brain to focus. Listening to songs with lyrics affects the part of the brain that comprehends with language. Rock music has 60 beats per minute and can easily be distracting because of how fast the rhythm is. The brain might get tangled up with all the beats and eventually lose focus of the task. With the brain having the same function as listening to music, it would be a bigger distraction because the brain would be confused by two different types of things and would get off task quicker.

The Mozart Effect is one of the first things that played a factor in how classical music can help studies. Mozart Effect can help enhance memorization and short-term memory. There was an experiment done where they played a Mozart piece to college students and then took a spatial test afterwards. They ended up doing better when listening to Mozart than any other factors that were given to them. Even if the Mozart Effect is only for a short period of time, it can still help enhance the memory and will eventually be retained. Other musicians can have the same effect as Mozart such as Yiruma or Beethoven.

An experiment was how high school students can improve their SAT scores by listening to classical music. Also, kids who played a musical instrument when they were younger have better proficiency and composure while studying. The College Board’s Profile of College Bound Seniors tested kids who studied music and who didn’t and found a difference in test scores. There was a 40-60 point higher with people who learned music as kids. This shows a correlation between listening to music and academic results. A survey was done by Virgil Griffith which asked for student’s SAT score and what kind of music they listen to. The results showed that people who listened to rap scored the lowest and people who listened to classical music scored the highest.

There are people who don’t listen to music at all while studying because it distracts them. It could be because they can’t multitask or they get distracted while listening to songs with lyrics. They could keep rereading the passage or problems because of the music. Doing math homework with music on could get confusing because they would try to keep numbers in their head, but the lyrics would mess them up. If people try to listen to music while studying, they should try out classical music because it would be the best fit for them. It wouldn’t distract the brain as much and it could even help them keep focus.

The tests have shown how classical music can help improve test scores and help people study better. People should give classical music a chance even though it seems old-fashioned, there is no harm done trying to listen and study with classical music. As long as it helps them keep focus, that is the most important thing. It doesn’t even have to be Mozart; it could be any instrumental music. Make a playlist of classical music and play it once while studying and see if it actually helps. If it does, continue to listen to music and add more classical music onto the playlist!

Here is an overview of the topic and an interview with a friend.

This is an example of the Mozart Effect

Here is a piece of Mozart.

Arvinraj Applasamy. “Bang Goes the Theory: The Mozart’s Effect.” Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. 9 Feb. 2012. Web. 2 Dec. 2013.

Mozart, Wolfgang. Symphony No. 40. Deutsche Grammophon, 1995. CD

Rowat, Robert. “Ace Your Exams with a Classical Music Playlist for Studying.”CBCMusic. CBC, 06 June 2013. Web. 1 Dec. 2013.

Spiegel, Alix. “‘Mozart Effect’ Was Just What We Wanted To Hear.” NPR. NPR, 28 June 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.

Thomas Hughes. “Mozart Symphony #40 in G Minor, K 550 – 1. Molto Allegro.” Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. 11 Aug. 2008. Web. 3 Dec. 2013.


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