Music Make You Smarter
Even if you don't always notice it, music is all around us - from the stereo in your car to the music piped in at the supermarket. Studies show that music has a wide array of benefits to your health: Whether you're
listening or, better yet, playing, music can have a great impact on your mind.
- The average person listens to 25 songs per day & 1/2 of people plays or has played an instrument.
All that music is good for students
- 53% of students ages 12-17 listen to music while studying.
- Studies show: 1) Studying with Baroque compositions at 60 bpm helps most students to: study longer & retain more; 2) Listening to a Mozart sonata can increase your IQ up to 9 points for 15 minutes; 3) And high-
anxiety students on average score 12% higher on math exams while listening to music.
- Corporations use it, too: Companies including Shell, IBM, and Dunport use music to help train new employees 2x faster.
Want to boost your IQ? Try playing an instrument
- The College Board reports that on the SAT: 1) Music performance students scored: 51 points higher on the verbal section; 39 points higher on the math section; 2) Music appreciation students scored: 61 points higher
on the verbal section; 42 points higher on the math section.
- So maybe it's not surprising that: 1) Music majors are the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%; 2) Students who played an instrument for just 8 months showed a 46% increase in their spatial IQ.
Spatial IQ is directly tied to the ability to memorize things.
- And in younger children, studies show: Music lessons can increase attention span, fine motor skills and memorization skills.
- In the long run: Students who played music reported the lowest lifetime use of drugs and alcohol.
But not all music is created equal:
A CalTech study examined the relationship between musical styles, bands, and the SAT scores of the people who listened to them:
- The most commonly listened to music styles were: Rock; Pop: Country.
- Those listeners tested in the average range: Between 1000-1100.
The highest scorers: Listened to Beethoven. And had an average score of 1371.
The lowest scorers: Listened to Lil' Wayne. And had an average score of 889.
- Next time your brain needs a boost, try tuning into a little Mozart.
Your test scores will thank you.
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