How Classical Music Is Making Me Productive
By Jon Belt
I never thought in a million years that I would be rocking out to and loving classical music.
My go to before were playlists like this:
Swagga Like Us by T.I.
Heartbeats by The Knife
Not Afraid by Eminem
Wake Up by Arcade Fire
Where is My Mind? by Pixies
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 by The Flaming Lips
Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
Through Glass by Stone Sour
MakeDamnSure by Taking Back Sunday
Help I'm Alive by Metric
These are just a few, I didn't get into hair bands, 70's Rock, or 90's Rap/Hip Hop.
So, yes it's a bit of a shock to my brain to know that classical might be my new jam, at least for being productive.
I have made it a point to search classical through Spotify on numerous occasions in my classroom because
1. It has no cuss words (cheers!) AND 2. It is soothing and I've read it helps with studying and remembering
BUT I never thought I would be listening to it in my spare time. Maybe, it's just me getting old.
I'm sure there is research out there talking about the benefits, but I'm not big on determining how helpful something is because a few rats had a couple connections change within their brain cells. I like to experiment with it myself before I get too excited about the research I didn't see for myself.
But if you enjoy the research, here are a few pieces to look over.
The Mozart Effect
Studying for Finals
Mozart Make You Smarter
Oxford University Study
Improves Sleep Quality
Increase in Productivity
When listening to the classics like Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart my sense of accomplishment and production goes up. I'm focused, and determined to get whatever task I'm working on finished. When I don't have my headphones in with the classics I'm easily distracted. So, try it out and tell me what you think.
Jon Belt is a middle school teacher in Oklahoma City, and the host of the Teacher Tunnel Podcast.