Can Playing Music Help to Improve Attention?

What Does Science Say?

In our brain, we have 2 types of concentration—one is conscious, and the other is unconscious. The second type (unconscious) of concentration works first and easily attracted to the surrounding noise when you are very serious about your work and distract your mind from reaching the goal. But your conscious mind helps you to concentrate on your work.

If you want to improve your concentration and sharpen your focus, music can help you. It can calm the unconscious mind and help to improve your brain function. Though it helps to improve our brain function, it is not true that one special type of music is applicable for everybody to energize their brain and maximize memory. Different people love different types of music, which helps them to live a stress-free life and improve their work efficiency.

How Playing Music helps: –

  • Better Focus

Music, memory, and emotions are related to each other. As we all know, our unconscious mind easily distracts our conscious mind, so with the help of music, we can minimize that distraction easily and improve the focus.

  • Pattern Recognition Ability

Pattern recognition means, when our brain receives any information from the environment, that enters in our short-term memory, where it is matched with the information which is already stored in our long-term memory. As music improves our mind concentration and strengthens our memory, our pattern recognition ability also improves with them.

  • Memory Retention

It is proved that a musician has a better brain structure than a non-musician as their brain function and their long-term memory are better than others. When a student takes music lessons or learns to play a guitar or piano, their cognitive functionality, vocabulary, and memory retention also improves.

  • Improve Learning

Music energies both the lobe of the brain and maximize the space of the memory. So, it is beneficial for students who take music lessons. Music helps them to memorize their studies for a long time and helps to score good marks in the exam.

  • Stress Reduction

Slow and smooth music has a significant effect on our body and mind as it reduces the stress level, blood pressure, and heart rate. It controls our hormone level.

  • Productivity

In today’s busy life, our mind is always stuck with work or solving our problems. So, to feel relaxed at that time and improve your mood situation, music plays a vital role. When you listen to music at the time of your work, it helps you to stay happy and keep your mind fresh.  As your mind is fresh, you can think about new ideas that lead your work efficiency and increase your productivity.

  • Cognitive Ability

Research proves that a musician’s brain is more developed than others. So, if you give a music lesson to your kid from the very beginning of their life, they will be able to solve problems easily. It will also improve their communication skills.

Types of music

  • Classical music

The soft and smooth sound of classical music lets you relax and creates an excellent environment for study.

  • Nature sound

Natural sound means the sound of birds, waterfall, rain, wind, etc. These sounds are delightful to hear, and it refreshes your mind and soul.

  • Ambient Electronic music

This type of music is often played in the spa, therapeutic centers, etc., where it helps you to feel relaxed and stress-free.

  • Instrumental music

This type of music has minimal lyrics or no lyrics. When you need a lot of concentration to finish your work, you can listen to instrumental music to improve concentration.

  • Jazz

Jazz music releases alpha waves, which keeps your brain in a relaxed mood and releases your all-day stress in a few minutes.

  • Soul

It consists of rhythm and blues, jazz, and gospel music, which lets you feel fresh and happy and also sharpens your focus.