The Soundtrack of Your Lesson

For years researches have looked into the effects of music on learning. There are arguments either way but the majority of researches seem to believe that listening to certain types of music can be beneficial for the learning brain.


Writing in the book, The Big Book of Independent Thinking: Do Things No One Does or Do Things Everyone Does In a Way No One Does, Nina Jackson explains how listening to music can help people with various processes involved in learning. This includes motivation, the recall of information as well as preparing the brain for problem solving, information processing and memorising through repetition as well as creative and academic thinking.


But what music is the best to listen to?


You may have heard of the ‘Mozart effect’ miraculously improving the IQ of babies, but this has little to do with actual science and research. In fact, the music that will aid your learning most is down to personal preference. So if you happen to love Mozart than the chances it will motivate you and aid learning. That being said here are some general rules for what to play to your class.


  • Pick music that is instrumental, i.e. without words, is likely to be more successful when it comes to aiding learning, as you can imagine listening to a song with a lot of words would confuse matters when trying to write an essay or voice your own thoughts in a lesson.
  • Choose relaxing music.
  • Ambient instrumental / electronic music is a good choice if you want modern sounding music that is still relaxing and without lyrics.
  • Don’t listen to anything too loud, remember this is a classroom not a club.
  • Do not listen to music that sounds sad as this is unlikely to increase motivation.


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