by Brad C. Davis, Mercury Learning Systems LLC
According to experts, some types of auditory stimulation can have a positive impact on edification while other types can have a destructive influence. I'll discuss both kinds in this article.
Classical Music Helps Learning
Experts in child brain development tell us Baroque (Largo tempo) is the best music to play while engaging in study or training because its beats per minute (BPM) is the same as the alpha brain wave state. The alpha state is the most receptive, alert state of mind we can be in for learning anything faster and better. Other classical music, such as the waltz, reportedly have a BPM that is in harmony with the cells in our body. The waltz actually raises our energies and consciousness upward, which helps when studying.
These types of auditory stimulation are perfect for your learning environment. However, not all classical music is recommended for learning. Vocals, choirs and those with instrumentals that stand out in the piece can be distracting. Generally, arrangements using only stringed instruments are your best choice.
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Syncopated Beats Block Learning
Music that carries a syncopated beat (such as rock music) is the worst type of music for learning. The BMP has actually been proven to rewire the brain toward more violent, destructive, primitive and animal-like behaviors. In a controlled experiment with mice, one alarmed physicist found that all the mice he exposed to syncopated beats actually developed permanent brain damage.
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"Smart Music" Doesn't Make You Smart
The information you may have heard about classical music making you smarter is an incomplete assessment. Classical music like that recommended above can help move the brain into a state where the student can learn faster and retain more, but music in and of itself does not make people smart. In addition, if other negative factors are present in the learning environment such as anger, TV, bad smells, etc., even the right types of auditory stimulation may not help the student become relaxed enough to enter the right state of mind.
Ambient Music and Meditation Helps Children Learn
Playing the right kind of music at a low volume while studying is a great way to "fill the air with harmony". The classical mentioned earlier is also great to use during meditation. Meditation in nature settings are also an excellent way to get the mind prepared for learning exercises.
Sounds of Nature Stimulate Harmony in the Mind
Another great stimulus is the sounds of nature. The ocean, forest, etc. can be a great tool for putting you or your children in a relaxed state of mind and open the pathways for learning. There are great CDs in our products section, for example, that use a combination of sounds of ocean waves gently crashing on the beach accompanied the by music of composers such as Mozart.
Positive Affirmations Help Children Become Positive Thinkers
In addition, positive affirmations are a great way to raise up our mind, attitude and self esteem. They make a fantastic adjunct to learning, especially for children. The definition of "affirmation" is: The declaration that something is true or a positive. The power of positive affirmation can be witnessed in the children who daily listen to the 28 popular songs we carry on this site. They were specially written and performed using uplifting positive affirmations that children (and children at heart) love listening and singing to. Look for Anne Infante's Positive Affirmations Songs in our Products section.
Excellent Ways to Stimulate and Strengthen Your Baby's Auditory Brain Functions
Enhancing your baby's auditory synapse activity is simple. The easiest way is simply announcing the sounds he/she is hearing as you both go about your day together. When you start your car, say, "Do you hear that? It's our car starting." Sit at your piano with your baby and say, "This is a piano playing." and start playing. When in the bathroom and you turn on the faucet, say, "Your hearing a faucet with running water." You close doors, right? Just say, "This is a door closing." It's that simple!
If you really want to accelerate you baby's auditory brain functions, do a web search for "sounds", "animal sounds", "nature sounds", etc. There are many places that have sound effects you can download free or buy. When one mother found out about this tip, she reported, "We collected hundreds of sounds for our babies. We just sat with our mp3 player, baby in arms, and announced what sound they were going to hear next and played it."
Be creative and have fun giving your baby the right auditory stimulation for faster learning growth!
Click here to download a list of recommended classical music for accelerated learning.