Recently a student of mine wrote a paper on the power of what he called “good music”. I agreed with most of his paper, except for the fact that he couldn’t tell me what type of music it was that gave one such amazing power and uplift.
When I told the student that classical music was what all of the research was focused on, he was confused. To tell the truth, I’m not sure that he had ever heard of classical music before, sadly.
So today, I want to discuss music that will literally help “soothe the savage beast”!
When my daughter was an infant, she HATED to drive in the car. We remedied that by playing classical music CDs. It worked like a charm to clam her down. I often play classical music to the girls at night to help put them to sleep.
I’ve also noticed that my daughters are better at doing things (cleaning, helping in the kitchen, doing arts and crafts, etc.) if I have some classical music playing in the background.
Research shows that classical music can do the following:
- Improves memory
- Helps to control pain
- Reduces anxiety
- Boosts IQ
- Enhances Creativity
- Increases motivation
- Helps relax, focus, uplift, and energize the soul
I was raised by a classical musician. One of my favorite stories about my piano teacher/opera singer mother is the day that she was driving us home from high school and the driver of the car next to us was blasting his music. My mom rolled down her windows and cranked up her stereo which was set to Classical 89. Ahhh, she sure showed him! 😉
I am going to start a page and list some favorite classical pieces and composers as well as some movie soundtracks that are heavenly.
Please feel free to add your recommendations of any music without lyrics. (We’ll talk about music with lyrics another time.)
Also, lets start a discussion, what are some of the benefits of music without lyrics?