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Accelerated Learning and Music - A combination for Success!

Jul 22, 2008
Accelerated learning involves stimulating the conscious and subconscious minds in order to increase the rate at which new information is absorbed. One type of stimulus proven to positively affect learning capacity is music.

Let's begin by stating the obvious, that not all music is helpful to the learning process and can, in fact, simply be a distraction. Research has proven, however, that certain types of music, involving a specific number of beats per minute, encourage optimal brainwave patterns in the learner and facilitate deep focus on the subject at hand. This practice, called entrainment, involves "tuning" the frequencies of the brain to a state of heightened awareness and perception.

When we discuss brainwave activity, we're talking about the frequencies emitted by the neo-cortex (learning center) as having the greatest effect on learning acceleration.

One of the pioneers of accelerated learning, Dr. Georgi Lozanov, determined through his research that music played at 60 beats per minute resulted in the type of brainwave activity needed for learning. Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K 448, for example, is written in this meter.

Dr. Alfred Tomatis, in his 1991 essay, "Pourquoi Mozart?", also released his research findings about the beneficial effects of Baroque music such as Mozart's in the brainwave entrainment process.

Additionally, though controversial, research by the University of California, Irvine, also concluded that specific pieces of music composed by Mozart, when played in a controlled learning environment, could enhance the student's ability to absorb new information quickly, and even raise certain IQ test results temporarily.

Further study in this field opened the possibility of using music to "access the genius mind", or bring about the best state of brainwave activity to remove roadblocks to learning that may have hampered the student in the past.

We can't fail to mention Dr. John Diamond, whose research through Mount Sinai School of Medicine produced intriguing results. He learned that even the hearing impaired can benefit from the introduction of music into the learning environment. His conclusions are based on the body responses of students who "listened" to different types of music, even though their hearing was artificially impaired.

One final giant in the field of music and accelerated learning must be included in our discussion. The late Dr. John-David created three brilliant works which include music to entrain the brain waves of the listener. Those works-Environmental Learning, Brain-Mind Expansion Intensive and Eliminating Self Sabotage, can be investigated further at the BrainSpeak.com.

The inclusion of music, whether to create the best environment for learning, or to entrain the very activity of the brain, is an essential part of your best accelerated learning program.
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About the author: Peter Julian is the CEO of the Whole Brain Learning Institute. Visit BrainSpeak.com for Accelerated Learning Programs and Accelerated Learning Techniques that are right for you!
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