Self-Improvement Through Music

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Self-Improvement Through Music

Would you like to pop in a CD and have a better quality of life, and even self-improvement while in college? How do we prepare for college and then how are we successful once we get there? There are three tips for college students you can use music to accomplish this.

  1. Music For Motivation

Putting on energetic music, and doing homework seems less like work. Using music to motivate yourself or change your mood is an area where you can trust your experience and experimentation as college students. When you find the music that energizes you, relaxes you, or makes you happy, keep it ready for when you need it.

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2. Music For Intelligence

Music creates neural pathways in your brain that stimulate creativity. Studies show that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. In one study, three-year-olds were split into two groups. The first group had no special training in, or exposure to music. The second group studied piano and sang daily in chorus.

Eight months later, the musical three-year-olds were much better at solving puzzles. They also scored 80% higher in spatial intelligence than the other group. There’s also anectdotal evidence that listening to music, especially from Mozart’s era, can help you study and learn better.

Hopefully, there will be more research and tips for college students. In the meantime, there’s no reason not to do your own experimentation. I’ve heard that Stephen King writes with loud rock music playing, so the benefits of music may be according to your own tastes or brain-organization. As college students, try a variety of techniques until you find what works for you on how you prepare for college and improve your skills.

3. Music For Brainwave Entrainment

Want to listen to some music, and get smarter, or have instant easy meditation? There are products now that “entrain” your brainwaves, in order to put you in a meditative state. Music is embedded with beats and pulses that entrain your brainwaves to a specific frequency. Put in the right CD or MP3 for your activity, and you get better brain function. Science? Partly.

Brainwave frequencies vary with mental state. Daydreaming and light meditation take place in the “Alpha” range of frequencies, for example. So, if you listen to music containing beats at a frequency of 10 Hz you will generate more brainwaves at a 10 Hz frequency and enter a relaxed Alpha mental state. Do these things really work?

Studies will prove the effects, and disprove the wilder claims. I wouldn’t wait for more research. Many things work long before the scientific proof arrives.

Self-Improvement Through Music

If you are skeptical, you can wait for more evidence of the benefits of brainwave entrainment. Meanwhile, why not try classical music when you study, just to see if it helps? These are just a few tips for college students. Experiment with music – Mozart isn’t dangerous.

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