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MozartCertain types of music have been shown by research to activate both the right and left side of the listeners’ brains. Compositions that follow a 60bpm pattern, such as Mozart’s compositions, have been linked to stimulation of both sides—something that results in increased recall. This is precisely why listening to the particular genre is perfect when preparing to take an exam—in school or for licensure purposes.

Other than the technical side to classical music’s pattern, researchers also recognize the way this type of music puts students in a heightened emotional state. The same notes also influences the students’ motivation to remain focused during their classes or during their review for exams through’s high yield material or other review preps.

The Intriguing Effect of Sixty

The effect of this type of music on the brain and memory skills is intriguing. With a pattern following 60 beats per minute, both sides of the brain are activated. In effect, the information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right. This simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information.

Mozart is a staple in high-concentration music playlists not only because it follows the rare and often difficult to achieve 60bpm pattern, but also because his music possesses the regularity of phrase common across the structure of classic period pieces. But this quality isn’t exclusive to Mozart’s repertoire. In fact, there are several other compositions by other artists that you can add to your playlist.

Study Playlist Essentials

Guitar music, for example, is gentle enough to study by, not to mention enjoyable. Lute music also has dulcet tones that are calming. Sample Bach lute suits and Elizabethan consort music from the late 16th century, which was played in viols, are intended to create a pleasant atmosphere without demanding too much attention. These very characteristics make the pieces a great choice as ambient music when studying.

Stick to slower pieces for better reading comprehension and faster ones to keep alert while studying. Whether you are preparing for your finals or gearing up for your one shot at a foreseeable future with a board exam, turn to these tunes and you are sure to remember your material better and feel less anxious as your important exam nears.

Terohan Nula