Study music

It’s final exams again, so I’ve begun my usual rounds of operating in a different time zone everyday. There’s a lot of studying going on, and I was curious as to what kind of music people listen to when they’re studying. I used to stick to classical because lyrics were too distracting. Some of my favourites are:

J. Bach – Air

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We used to giggle at the song title (“on the G string”…yep, totally immature), but this is a very very relaxing and beautiful piece.

F. Chopin – Grande Valse Brillante

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It’s a happy waltz! I have a thing for waltzes

J. Strauss – The Blue Danube

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Probably the most famous waltz. There’s something about music set in 3/4 time that makes you want to dreamily dance and glide around.

P. Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

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I love the strings melody at 2:25. I think strings and piano were made for each other.

The problem with classical, because it’s so expressive, is that it can get overly depressing or epic. I don’t feel very encouraged reading about the Bipartite Matching Algorithm set to Holst’s Mars. In fact it just makes me more agitated. Last term I found jazz/easy listening to be more appropriate. As the genre name suggests, it’s light, you sort of don’t even notice it, but it lifts the heavy silence of individual study, and you can think on top of it. Just wanted to share some tunes on my playlist:

Eva Cassidy – Fly Me to the Moon

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Diana Krall – The Look of Love

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Michael BublĂ© – L O V E

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Okay, that last one may be too happy. So what do you listen to when you study?

7 thoughts on “Study music”

  1. I used to study with music all the time. I do admit its getting harder, but if anything, my choice is solopianoradio because its so simplistic.

  2. Sometimes you’re studying in a public area and people just won’t shut up, so I’d rather listen to music than inadvertently eavesdrop on others.

  3. Do As Infinity – Tangerine Dreams & Under the Moon

    the ultimate in concentrated goodness squeezed fresh for cramming.

    something about those two songs just keeps me focused. been listening to them for studying sessions since 12th grade.

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