Wednesday, 16 April 2014

5 Reasons to Listen to More Classical Music

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#1. Better Study Music.
Not only does classical music rank in the little-to-none lyric category, but it boosts brain functioning. Some of the best are violin and piano concertos, full-length ballets, and opera overtures. Some are intense, some are light-hearted, and some are entitled a joke. Classical music helps you hone in and focus on your studies while limiting the distraction of lyrics.

#2. Boosts Literacy.
Who doesn't feel smart when a piece is heard and they are able to name it within five second of its beginning? Maybe not everyone, but it is never a bad idea to be knowledgeable about all types of information. People like a literate comrade, and music and history often correlate, as do history, art, and literature. Who knows where you could go with a new-found knowledge of Shostakovitch or Copland? 

#3. De-stressing Effects  
Listen up, evrahbody! Classical music has an amazing potential to calm nerves and (hypothetically) detox you of your stress levels. I have made a good habit of keeping up with assignments and such related to school and only once had to stay up through the night for a project. I worked straight through the night with my classical friends and reached the end sooner and with less stress than expected. 

#4. Enhances Sleep.
This may be slightly biased, as I grew up on Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Brahms, and Bach (Yo-Yo Ma's first recording in particular). As an infant, the brain was trained that when it heard classical music at bedtime, it was time to sleep. Whenever issues with sleeping in a new place (or slight bouts of insomnia arise), this music is soothing, familiar, and relaxing. On the other hand, when one must rise at the hour of 4:30 in the morning, it is refreshing to hear a beautiful piece of sound call you from your slumbers compared to the doleful and wretched time clock blaring its impatience.

#5. Excellent Inspiration. 
Stirring the soul and emotions because of its godly reflections, this music can be a wonderful inspiration to artists of all corners. I listen when writing, when designing visuals and layouts, when researching, and because of the flow, my brain can work more efficiently. Music can't teach you certain skills, but it is a way to boost ideas, creative juices, and the like.

There you have it. Some of my reasons why you should listen to more classical music. I hope you try out some new pieces and/or composers. Enjoy!

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