Music in a Workplace; Does it Help?

music in the workplace

Professionals say yes. Although there is a common misconception that suggests music within a workplace is more of a distraction than a beneficial tool, Mental Health training professionals & psychologists now determine the presence of music whilst working to have many advantages, physiological and practical. Meaning, those who listen to music whilst working are not only more effective but are also happier!

Here are the two sectors in which positive effects are most evident.

Cognitive Attributes

Music can be used for a number of positive benefits and one in particular that is overlooked is its cognitive effects.

. Music can be used as a tool for visualization. Naturally, the individual releases suppressed emotions through visualization that relate to the style of music being played.

. Listening to a soundtrack whilst working can also help to keep us focused and motivated. As we lose ourselves in the music we are then apt to act rather than waste time thinking.

. Music can also be used to promote positive habitual behaviours. As we listen to different styles of music we relate them to specific actions. As we repeat soundtracks that we relate to working and being productive we are then also likely to carry out the behaviour physically.

Social Attributes

As our behaviour can reflect the style of sound that we are listening to, we can unconsciously approach social situations and therefore create a pattern of behaviour with the way in which we interact with others. This, of course, can reflect positive and negative behaviour.

. Soothing sounds such as songbirds or waves crashing against the shore are scientifically proven to put us into a state of peace. This can also be used with music that we personally relate to as soothing and as a result, when we approach others, we project a calming and passive energy.

. There is also the benefit of music being experienced communally and can create a sensation camaraderie and connection. This has been proven to enable an office environment to be more productive and less hostile in nature.

Companies such as Clearfocus (a mental health training company) say “Although music is seen to have diverse effects on the way we behave and interact with others, if it is used in the appropriate setting and style, the evidence indicates a clear improvement in mental health and in productivity.”

In conclusion, music can be used as a tool to benefit the well-being of employees and as a result, benefit the quality of work that is being delivered.

Other interesting sources:

BBC

Forbes

Classical Music From Around The World

Enjoying live music is always great, and classical music is no different. Check out these live events if you want to experience classic music first hand!

Bregenz, Austria

Austria is often seen as being the hub for classical music, and Bregenz definitely does this reputation justice. Set on a massive “floating” stage on Lake Constance, Bregenz is a genuinely spectacular experience to see and hear.

Gstaad, Switzerland

Famous for its pleasing, outdoors atmosphere Gstaad is a elegant event set in the mountains. During the festival, the main events play in big white tents with poor acoustics, but a great vibe. The smaller acts play in local churches for a more austere experience.

Dartington, Devon

A truly friendly and collaborative event, Dartington is one of the few places where amateurs and professionals come together. Amateurs usually consist of average people with a passion for classical music, who come together to improve their skills in chamber groups or masterclasses.

Spoleto, Italy

Set amongst an idyllic hillside background and populated with exquisite renaissance style palaces, this small Italian village seems to have been designed to hold a festival. Crowds can enjoy the settings and the music in a beautiful sweeping piazza in the middle of the town.

Classical music composers

The most amazing thing to consider about Chopin is that he did not understand orchestration, and he himself even admitted this. He had to have help from his friends, including Liszt, in scoring his two piano concerti.

Chopin simply had a natural gift for melody, and what was pleasing to ear. His works were primarily short piano works, and are the perfect entry point to classical music for their simplicity, directness, and sheer melodic beauty.

Bach

Often recognized as the greatest composer of music who has ever lived, whilst Bach was not an innovator of any new style of music, he perfected every single one of them.

From concertos, to fugues (which are noted for their difficulty to write) Bach could do it all, and they were all masterpieces. The Mass in b minor is often argued by musicologists and composers to be the single greatest work of music ever written, in any genre or style.

Mozart

Volatile and musically gifted beyond comparison, new maverick talents are often compared to Mozart. However, there can’t be any replacement for his contributions to the world of music.

He wrote 27 piano concerti, 36 violin, cello, church sonatas and organ pieces 18 masses, 41 symphonies, 4 horn concerti, 20 string quartets… and many more.

No one else created a body of work quite as diverse and eclectic in the field of classical music as Mozart.

Schubert

Often credited as the greatest songwriter of all time…Schubert simply loved to write. His passion for writing was such that as soon as he finished one piece of music, he would throw it to the floor, grab another sheet of paper and start another.

One of his finest works “Hark, Hark, the lark” he wrote on the back of a beer hall receipt, all in one sitting. During the sixteen years of his career, Schubert wrote an astonishing 650 songs.