Does classical music help with concentration?

When you are trying to focus on something, do you have a problem concentrating on the subject? Have you ever tried – classical music? 

Classical music doesn’t have a “beat”

Groovy songs, which have an accentuated drum beat or a bass line, tend to be less effective when studying. Yes, everybody loves a good groove, but in this case, when you’re trying to focus – it’s better to go without it. The beat makes us tap our feet or body in the rhythm, and that’s distracting.

Tempo is relevant

The ideal tempo of study music would be around 60-70 BPM (Beats per minute), according to Research by Spotify and clinical psychologist Dr. Emma Gray.

It induces a state of relaxation where the mind is calm but alert. Your imagination is stimulated and concentration is heightened, much like a meditative state.”¹

Classical music helps to boost your brain

Classical music improves your memory. As said by Dr. Schneck, “Music lessons and practice of any sort, particularly in classical music, may also contribute to improved brain plasticity and neural-network development, which can enhance learning and memory”
So, on your next study session: Beethoven!

Listening to classical music helps with depression

Having depression is hard, but trying to study while battling it… often harder than most think. The good news is that a study from Mexico showed that classical music helps ease symptoms of depression.

Not only that, classical music is a stress and anxiety relief. Music helps lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone.


Classical music can inspire you to play an instrument

Listening to classical music can inspire you in so many ways, whether it’s writing, painting, creating, cleaning, or just dancing.

It might even light a spark in you or your child, a spark that makes you want to play and create your music.

There is a lot of options today, but one of the best is enrolling in a music school.

Musicians Institute (MI) is a College of Contemporary Music built on the idea that musicians should teach—and learn from—other musicians in a creative, supportive environment.

It is a great place where you can start your musical journey and even if you aren’t able to physically come – there is an option for getting your knowledge online!

It depends on your proneness to boredom

Like everything in life, nothing is for everyone. In that line of thought, we must mention that some recent studies have shown that some people don’t work better with music.

People who tend to get easily bored while doing tasks were more able to concentrate while not listening to music, while the ones who don’t have an issue with getting bored were able to work better while listening to complex varieties of music.


“Findings suggest that the relationship between music and task performance is not ‘one-size-fits-all.’ In other words, music does not appear to impair or benefit performance equally for everyone.”²


Classical music CAN help with concentration, but that’s not a path for anyone. Nevertheless, try it or try some other genre of music and see what works (or doesn’t) for you. And if you decide to pursue a musical path, maybe even get a musical degree, feel free to get in contact with us via live chat.

If you are not currently enrolled at MI, browse our programs of study and apply now!

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