Educator Chris Bower recommends Baroque music for use in elementary school classrooms. Bower says,
Baroque music, such as that composed by Bach, Handel or Telemann, that is 50 to 80 beats per minute creates an atmosphere of focus that leads students into deep concentration in the alpha brain wave state.
Highly Creative people love music and use it at times to reduce mental entropy and focus on the task at hand or to rest from Creation.
Designer John Besmer says,
If you’re working on a project that’s elegant and beautiful, you might listen to something like jazz, something that puts you in that mood. But if you’re designing an in-your-face project, you want music that gets you there. After all, you wouldn’t go to the gym and want to work out to a lullaby, right? Music shapes the message.
Music affects more than your mood. Cardiologist Michael Miller says,
When patients in my research study listened to joyful music, their blood vessels dilated by 26% — a very healthy response. It’s similar in magnitude to the response seen after aerobic exercise.
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.
Bach, Mozart, and some old Italian and English composers are my
favorites in music. Beethoven considerably less… Beethoven is for me too dramatic and too personal.
Music lights up almost every area of the brain, which shouldn’t be a surprise since it makes people tap their feet, encourages the recollection of vivid memories and has the potential to lighten the mood.