A while ago, we shared some of the benefits of playing classical music—language development, higher test scores, and higher IQ among them. But you don't have to take lessons to reap the benefits of classical music—just listening to it has been observed to have some amazing side effects, as well!
Here are some of the benefits that come when you listen to classical music (sources and suggestions for additional reading at the end of the post):
Lower blood pressure
Improved productivity and creativity
Lower levels of stress hormones
Stronger social relationships
Better overall mood
... and this is just a few of the benefits listed! (If you're interested in the science, most of the articles below include links to the research studies that made these claims.)
Besides all the ways listening to classical music boosts your health, listening is also a super important component of learning to play an instrument. Students who listen to classical music have a better understanding of style and harmony and are often more excited about practicing their instrument.
If you're not sure where to start, check out our YouTube channel (we have playlists for each of our featured "Composers of the Month") or try out this playlist of famous classical themes:
Happy listening! Let us know what pieces are your favorites and what you think we should add to our list!
Sources/places to read more:
10 Shocking Benefits of Listening to Classical Music
5 Surprisingly Deep Benefits of Listening to Classical Music
10 Wondrous Things That Happen to Your Body When You Listen to Classical Music
18 Outstanding Benefits of Listening to Classical Music
7 Health Benefits of Listening to Classical Music