In an article by Nicole M. Charara on how music can benefit children, she answered some frequently questions on the benefits of music; how it can help children focus better and regulate their emotions.

music and songs for children to focus better

We list down a few recommended playlists by Spotify on the different types of music and songs you introduce to your child for better focus, relaxation, mathematics and English/Creativity.

Recommended age group: 7 – 12 years old.

For better focus, listen to…

  • Hey, Soul Sister – Train
  • Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  • Piano Man – Billy Joel
  • Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
  • The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz
  • Over the Rainbow – Melody Gardot
  • What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra

For relaxation, listen to…

  • If We Hold On Together – Diana Ross
  • Only Time – Lavender Hill Orchestra, Enya, Roma Ryan
  • One and Only – Adele
  • You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
  • In Dreams (From Lord of the Rings)
  • Ave Maria (Healing Piano Music)
  • Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  • Closer – Goapele

For Mathematics, listen to…

Effects of classical music: Classical music has 60-70 beats per minute, a constant melody and tone range, which calm the mind and help students to study for longer and retain factual information. It targets the part of the brain that stimulates spatial-temporal reasoning, which is useful in solving math problems. Research has also suggested that listening to classical music while studying math could see you do 12% better in exams.

music and songs to help children focus

  • Mozart – Piano Concerto No.2
  • Beethoven – Fur Elise
  • Chopin – Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No.1
  • Handel – Largo Xerxes
  • Beethoven – Adieu to the Piano
  • Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake-Scene
  • Rossini – William
  • Vivaldi – Spring from The Four Seasons – Violin Concerto in E Major
  • Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
  • Grieg – Morning from Peer Gynt

For English & Creativity, listen to…

Effects of emotive pop and rock songs: When studying for subjects like English, drama or art, students use the right side of the brain to process original, creative thoughts. Listening to emotive rock and pop music produces a heightened state of excitement that is likely to enhance creative performance.

  • Katy Perry – Firework
  • Rihanna – Diamonds
  • Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
  • Justin Bieber – Beauty and a Beat
  • One Direction – One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
  • Rolling Stones – I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)
  • Biffy Clyro – Biblical
  • Guns’n’Roses – Sweet Child Of Mine
  • Mumford and Sons – Winter Winds
  • Bon Jovi – It’s My Life

This research is commissioned by Spotify, digital music streaming service.

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