Relaxation Music and Learning Processes

Have you ever heard of Dr. Georgi Lozanov? He was a Bulgarian psychiatrist that spent a large portion of his life studying music and its connection with learning.

Dr. Lozanov found connections with music and effective learning techniques, and he concluded that different stages of the learning process were enhanced using different types of music.

He defined three types of music to combine with learning stages. Relaxation music worked well to prepare the mind for learning, followed by “active concert” and “passive concert” phases to help absorb and retain information respectively. Dr. Lozanov’s findings correlate reasonably well with today’s understanding of brain wave patterns and physiological responses.

Lozanov’s relaxation music activates alpha brainwaves reflecting relaxation with a minor degree of alertness. Stressors and distractions are removed to prepare for the learning steps.

“Active concert” music activates beta brainwave patterns with the highest levels of alertness, allowing you to concentrate on the new information. The music should engage your brain but blend into the background. It should not detract from understanding the new information.

“Passive concert” music engages brainwave frequencies near the lower end of the alpha range and the upper end of the theta range, helping to “lock” your new information into place.

While Dr. Lozanov used different compositions of classical music in his studies, his conclusions should apply across other styles of music that have the same properties.

Try using different styles of music to match learning stages, and see what works best for you. Test yourself with a memory game and see how your learning capacity increases.

Once you find the best music for you, use it to help you remember important things – such as your anniversary. If you have ever forgotten that day, you won’t want to do it again.

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