Classical music brings out the creative monster.
By Anders Vanderkool
Classical music brings out the creative monster that’s inside you. It helps find that great idea that you came up with at 3 am. That idea you were too lazy to write down. Classical music can help you find that creativity. Certain classical pieces have been shown to increase the brain’s cognitive function and IQ. This is known as the Mozart Effect. Children learning classical music at a developing age are said to have higher cognitive functions and advanced brain development.
“The Mozart effect can refer to: A set of research results indicating that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning;”
The melody draws out the creativity process
The melodies and rhythms of classical music operate independently from each other. Melody is directly related to boosting the creative imagination. Rhythm increases serotonin levels in the brain. Increased serotonin levels boost areas of the brain that are responsible for critical and logical thinking. The cadence of the body can be stimulated through the music’s rhythm. Those cadences can be a heartbeat, walking, or even dancing and they are used to alter the effects of clinical depression and anxiety disorders.
The creative monster is alive and well
The melody that engages your creative side of the brain can take you anywhere. It’s an opportunity to develop something new that can take your mind in an alternate direction. A direction, maybe you hadn’t thought of going in. The melody takes you on a journey of ideas. Then there’s the logical side of the brain that problem solves ideas with logic and fact based thinking. In fact, classical music is logical and mathematical in many ways. This is why rhythm synchronizes the patterns of sound that the body creates.
“The melody provides a story line and sound bed for the creative thought to ponder through. The music will dictate the mood”
Good ideas need help sometimes
Sometimes, good ideas are locked inside the subconscious. One way of unlocking those hard to find ideas is by listening to classical music. Good ideas can come from anywhere. Sometimes they just require a little help to bring them to the surface.
In contrast, music with vocal elements, generally will impact concentration levels and act as a distraction. That being said, the effects of music on the brain depend on the activities being performed. If a task requires a more cognitive function, sometimes music can interfere or distract from the task at hand.
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What does classical music do for you?
In closing, classical music can provide you with more focus, memory, and overall ability to concentrate. It helps bring out the creative monster that sometimes hides inside your head. It can help spark new innovative ideas or bring clarity to an existing problem.
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