Is The Key To Better Grades Pop Music?

Recently pop music icons have been going above and beyond to rattle the nerves of many parents, but do they hold the key to better grades?

From mainstream music videos with topless girls to the increase of songs with drug and alcohol related lyrics, it’s getting easier and easier for parents to not allow their children to listen to certain musicians. But what if not allowing your children to listen to those up-beat songs is hurting them academically?


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Dr Emma Gray, a cognitive behavioral therapy specialist at The British CBT and Counselling Service found that students performed well and retained studied material better when they listen to music, but says that picking the correct type of music is key.

Students studying Humanities, Sciences, and Languages actually benefited from listening to certain Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake songs while they studied. Dr. Gray says ‘Listening to music with 50-80 beats per minute such as We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake has a calming effect on the mind that is conducive to logical thought, allowing the brain to learn and remember new facts.’

While students that study English or Drama benefit from listening to more emotive pop and rocks songs that allow creative thoughts to flow. The study found the songs like Katy Perry’s Firework and  I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction) by The Rolling Stones helped these students perform better, she says ‘they produce a heightened state of excitement that is likely to enhance creative performance.’

Unfortunately, the study showed that students that are studying math aren’t lucky enough to be able to listen to their favorite pop and rock musicians and should stick with listening to songs like Beethoven’s Fur Elise while they study.


 ”Music has a positive effect on the mind and listening to the right type of music can actually improve studying and learning. Music can put you in a better frame of mind to learn – and indeed, students who listen to music can actually do better than those who don’t”


[Taken from Americanlivewire]


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