Monday, 20 January 2014

Classical music boosts concentration-based on an article in the Daily Telegraph

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 schools.

Year 4 what are your thoughts on this?

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