You do not want any songs that are emotionally charged. This can set off parts of the brain that really should remain in ‘off mode’ while you are studying. However, ambient or classical music can actually help with productivity and even dance music with consistent beats has been known to help the study process. Not too loud though!
While tastes differ and it can be difficult not to reach for the latest hits there are specific songs out there that are considered “music for the mind”. Why not give them a go.
1/1 (Music For Airports) – Brian Eno The composer said he “intended to induce calm and create space to think” with this music. The soothing tempo is an ideal way to get your head in the right study space.
Going Home – Asgeir
This music, by an Icelandic artist, is at just the right pace for study and slowly builds in intensity.
Singing (Dixon Dub) – Agoria
Now for some dance tunes! Singing’s beats are up-tempo and provide good background ambience. This one should definitely kick the brain into activity. Good tune for thinking and creativity.
Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Remember the standout act from Electric Picnic 2016? If you are missing the more everyday tunes that you prefer listening to, this may be the perfect option for you. Relaxing sounds of instruments can be paired with modern tunes to get the best of both worlds.
Clair de Lune – Debussy
Classical music isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this type of music is particularly good to finish on. Nice soothing tones to wrap up your day’s study and plan for the following day.
You may not have heard of any of these before but why not try them and see what happens. It really does not matter what kind of music you listen to as long as it puts your mind in study mode.