I have found that listening to music while studying has greatly improved my test scores. I decided to do a little experiment on the types of music and how good my test scores were. In the end, I found that classical, "red light", and other completely instrumental genres were the best studying soundtracks. After doing a little research online, I found that when listening to a song with words, your brain automatically tries to memorize the words to the song, whether you realize it or not. So while it is still beneficial, listening to music with lyrics are trumped by music without.
On the other hand, I'm not so sure how classical music would do in grade school classrooms, due to lack of interest.
Either way, I am still impressed by your expertise in the classroom and out.
Say it, Mean it, Do it.
Thank you for sharing the results of your little mind-music experiment. I do like to expose students to classical music because, well, it is just good to know I suppose. They often hear the more popular classical tunes during the 4th of July or in the backgrounds of commercials. They can connect the two. The main reason I use classical though is because of the lack of lyrics. They are not distracted by the need to sing.
SI. MI. DI.,
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