Some people like to listen to music while they work, some people don’t. Funnily enough both groups have scientific research to back them up; there is the famous Mozart effect, but other studies have shown that listening to music impedes the ability to remember and recall information.
Personally, I like to listen to music when I am writing, or doing problem sets, but not as much if I am trying to memorize something or am doing a practice test. Maybe it does slow down my work, but at least my work is more enjoyable.
There are tons of study playlists out there on Spotify, and you probably have some of your own, but I recently divided up my gargantuan study playlist into different study aesthetics and moods. No song on any of these playlists has any words so hopefully they will help you to stay relaxed and focused.
study ep. 1
For the longest time Keaton Henson’s intrumental album Romantic Works and Andrew Bird’s Echolocations was the only study music I listened to. Now I have branched out to artists and composers like Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, Bersarin Quartet and Dustin O’Halloran. One of my favorite songs right now is Soft Collared Neck by Helios and when I realized there was an instrumental version I knew I had to add it.
study ep. 2 and ep. 3
These playlists are by far the longest, at over 15 hours long combined, you won’t ever run out of music. I am a fan of Chopin’s Nocturnes for studying, as well as Debussy’s Preludes. If you like Chopin I would highly recommend Franz Liszt and Charles-Valentin Alkan who also feauture on these playlists and if you like Debussy, Gabril Pierné, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel are all wonderful. I am still in the process of seperating all the classical music by relative time period, so please be patient with me.
study ep. 4
This is what I am currently listening to and it is such a blast. I chose some of my favorite classic jazz albums, and yes I do think that the music composed by Vince Guaraldi Trio for Charlie Brown is a classic! Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, a couple of works from Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson Trio’s Night Train are just a few that I have added. I always listen to jazz, but every year in the fall and winter I play a lot more than I normally do. Maybe it’s that I grew up with jazz around Christmastime, but I just love it a little more this time of year. I obviously biased but I think that this playlist would also work really well as background music for dinner.
I hope you enjoy these playlists and are having a wonderful autumn!