Classical Music and Your Brain

Maximize your potential with classical music!

Introduction:

I have always felt that music effect a powerful force on my mind, affecting mood, memory, and energy level. I recently found a book which spells out the effects of music on one's mind. In fact the author of this book claims that one can fine tune your brain to

And more, I didn't want to spoil the book or infringe on the author's copyright by giving everything away. I have also linked this page to the book, giving the author the credit she deserves. I've created this web page to encourage people to listen to classical music and as a side bonus, fine tune our brains. This page will include the listed works that the author of Tune your Brain (Elizabeth Miles) recommends for specific tuning of your brain. And there will be opportunity for you and classical music experts to augment on this list as you become more advanced. Please participate in the discussion group that I've created, and some of the best comments from the group will be incorporated in this web page. Please bookmark this page and grow with us!

Excerpted from Elizabeth Miles' CD companion to her book (see references).

Midi music files are added weekly to complement this collection. To listen, just click on the links. But note that Midi files are hardly even replacements for getting the music on a professional CD.

RELAX

When stress puts you on edge, music can smooth you out, slow you down, and save you from the savages of tension. Use relaxing music to manage stress and anxiety, gain patience, work better with people, control panic, meditate, and fall asleep with ease.

FOCUS

Neurological evidence proves that listening to Mozart can raise your IQ. Focusing music can also induce a mood of concentration, filter out distractions, prolong attention span, and encode information in memory and improve its recall. When you need to do your best brainwork, music can prime and sharpen your mind

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 17, finale
    (midi getting a real recording of this piece is highly recommended)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude & Fugue No. 1 (from the Well-Tempered Clavier)

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UPLIFT

A positive mood has been shown to improve people's permance, health, and self-esteem -- and two centuries of psychological evidence proves that music is one of the most effective ways to induce good moods. Uplifting music cna help you beat the blues and depression, escape unwanted thoughts, control mood-related overeating, feel less shy, and maintain a positive attitude

  • Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva
  • George Frederic Handel (1685-1759): Music for the Royal Fireworks, 4th mvt.
  • Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): final movement from The Creation

CREATE

The word music comes from the Greek "muse," the legendary goddesses of the arts and sciences. Because music is processed on both sides of the brain, listening to it primes your mind to be both artist and scientist, intuitive and logical. Music can coordinate right-brain imagery with left-brain analysis to help you solve probelms more creatively, generate imagery to remove creative blocks, and expand your perceptual horizons

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Violin Concerto, 1st movement

CLEANSE

Psychological experts recomend the constructive catharsis of negative feelings to avoid agressive behavior or internalized anger, and the associated risks of hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Cleansing music provides this kind of non-verbal outlet, helping you to release aggression, express hidden anger and grief, and navigate difficult interpersonal situations. Whether you're an anger-in or anger-out personality, the musical release of your pent-up feelings can promote better mental and physical health.

  • Gustav Holst (1874-1934) "Mars, the Bringer of War" from the Planets

HEAL

  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria

ENERGIZE

When you need peak performance, music can speed up your brain waves, arouse your body, and fill you with the electric energy of sound. Energizing music helps you wake up, make more dynamic presentations, play the winning hand in competitions and negotiations, recharge during busy days, and add power to your workout.

  • Richard Wagner (1813-1883): "Ride of the Valkyries" from the Valkyrie
  • Georges Bizet (1838-1875): "March of the Toreadors" from Carmen

Discussion Group:

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References/Credits:

You may purchase these references thru this web site by clicking on the book cover below:

Tune Your Brain : Using Music to Manage Your Mind, Body, and Mood
book by Elizabeth Miles

 

Another book of interest:


Classical Music for Dummies
By David Pogue, Scott Speck

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