Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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The Back to Bach Challenge

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About two years ago, I started an experiment. Every morning, I would listen to the Bach Cello Suites while I began my work day (planning, scheduling, emailing). And almost instantaneously, I noticed an increase in my productivity.

Not sure if it was just the adrenaline rush of performing an experiment on myself or if it was some sort of placebo effect, I decided to keep doing it while taking some notes to mark measurements in productivity. Not only did I see a consistent increase, but I also observed a new added benefit... The music became a habit and would 'zero-out' my mind from anything that might otherwise conflict with my work.

The first year (that's right, 365 days worth), saw no decrease in productivity. In the second year, I attempted to have a few control weeks where no Bach Cello Suites were listened to at all. Believe it or not there was a decrease in efficiency. A noticeable decrease was easily seen in levels of productivity. Granted, this was not a scientific study, but the results weren't fleeting or insignificant. The results were huge.

Once I went back into a full 2nd year of listening every morning as a music education speaker, I tried using the Cello Suites again as a way to zero-out but this time it was to be used as a relaxation method or as an intervention when work stress became too great. It worked! There are countless neuroscience papers that 'kind-a-sort-a" support such a claim, which means nothing supports it. However, with such a mountain of works that imply a trackable or proven benefit observed in the brain, I think it's time for an MRI study...

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