A touchy subject to be sure, especially when it seems like everyone around you is not listening to Classical music, nor have they ever! For me, I simply can’t imagine not listening to Fauré’s Requiem when needing to calm down, or Verdi’s Requiem around Easter, and really, Mozart anytime! You can tell my mood each and every day just by hearing what music I might have on. There is something otherworldly and ancient about Classical music that simply speaks to one’s soul. Humans have been intrinsically linked to music for thousands of years and will continue to be so in our daily lives, our weddings, funerals, graduations... There is no doubt that there are health benefits to be found in many different genres of music. Music seems to help when nothing else might. 

Here are some impressive facts regarding Classical music:

  • It has been scientifically proven that listening to Mozart for twenty minutes creates measurable physiological and mental changes!
  • Classical music can increase physical performance (help you run faster!), boost your endurance and improve your overall motivation about exercise.
  • Better quality of sleep: College students affected by insomnia show improvement when substituting sleep aids with forty-five minutes of Classical music.
  • Classical music can ease chronic pain, improve moods and stress levels. Stroke patients show better improvements in overall mood. 
  • Here’s a big one: Researchers have discovered that students test far better when listening to Classical music. This is known as the “Mozart Effect.”
  • Scientists have connected the benefits of Classical music to everything from cognitive improvement in children, when exposed in vitro, to the ability to lower blood pressure naturally.
  • Exposure to Classical music can improve social skills, improve English, and one is less likely to suffer a mental decline.

Classical music is certainly not a miracle drug, but it is a drug and one I choose daily.