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Fine Arts - Music

People like to accompany their work with music because it sets the mood. Upbeat music gets the grind for workers who need to accomplish tasks that require physical labor. But people in offices or in the academy require something more relaxing, like the sound of nature, or the endless flow of the river.

There are proofs that explain the mental benefits of listening to relaxing music while working. It starts with the therapeutic sense one takes from continuous rhythms. Why this puts workers to concentration is because music has a unique ability to keep the body calm, and by this, it pushes away the negative emotions, thereby relieving stress. The concentration is almost like bringing one to sleep, only in a trance-like experience that helps one focus deeply into work.

There are famous people in history who thank music for their geniuses. Charles Darwin, for one, has said that he would read poetry and listen to music every week if he had to live all over again. The great Albert Einstein said he would consider being a musician if he hadn’t become the famous physicist he is now known today. And mind you, the prodigy, Brian May, was even able to pursue his research in science by allowing himself to dive into music through his work. He may not particularly produce relaxing music in Queen, per se, but he did create meditation music in his own attempt to relax.

Another musician that popularized the assumption that listening to music makes it beneficial to work is Mozart, with his “Mozart effect”, and gained attention in the early 1990s. This effect suggests that music puts people in optimum levels of mood, for most cases, achieving tasks. And all really just depends on the task and the type of music. Creative tasks may require some type of beat, while work that needs people to go over information, may well just merit from good all instrumentals, nature or a semblance of silence. So the next time you intend to concentrate or finish deadlines, think of music, and what type you need to get the job done.