Do you listen to music when you do your homework?
While bouncy pop songs or fast-paced rock may not be the best choices when
solving a difficult maths problem, there is one type of music that could help
you to concentrate.
Research by the Institute of Education at the University of London has found
that classical musicXmusic written for traditional
European instruments in styles that developed between the 17th and early 19th
centuries. The term is also used to describe any music written in these styles,
even in the present can have a positive effect on the study habits
of primary school children.
According to their findings, listening to the works of famous composers such as Beethoven or Mozart doesn't just help children to concentrate; it also teaches them how to listen
carefully and pay attention to details, which is an important part of learning
in many subjects.
Other benefits include the widening of musical knowledge and an improved
ability to deal with other people.
Children who listen to classical music also grow up to appreciate more styles
of music than other people, it is claimed.
The researchers' conclusionsXfinal
ideas or decisions reached by someone after looking at the facts and figures of
an experiment or investigation were based on a special set of music
lessons that have been used in assemblies and classrooms at 26 London primary
Year 4 what are your thoughts on this?