“Piano Stairs” is an interactive
playful musical stairway installation created into the Odenplan underground station of Stockholm to make people use stairs
more often than escalator. The project was part of a Volkswagen initiative called “The fun theory” whose main
objective and mission is to “change people’s behavior for the better by making it fun to do.” (Courtesy of CMUSE)
3. It can help you sleep better
There are many studies on the beneficial effects
of classical music on sleep quality. One study shows that a group of students who listened to relaxing classical music were
getting much better sleep quality than when they were exposed to an audio book, for example. Researchers are convinced that
music is better than verbal stimuli for the purposes of relaxing body and mind before sleep.
Here is a list of some famous classical music pieces which will help you get off to sleep.
· Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on the G String
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata
No. 14 “Moonlight” – First movement
Frederic Chopin – Berceuse in
D flat opus 57
· Claude Debussy – Claire de Lune
Gustav Mahler – Symphony No.
5 – Adagietto
· Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto in C major K 467 – Second
4. It can calm you down when driving
Are you prone to road rage at times? The German
government is worried about the high number of road accidents on the country’s motorways (2.4 million annually). Many
of these accidents are caused by aggressive driving and road rage. To counteract this, the German Ministry of Transport has
released a CD for drivers which features Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21. played by the Minister himself! He hopes
that the soothing effects of music will calm drivers down. (Fun fact: There is no word in German for road rage). Let us hope
they will not need it now.
5. It can help reduce pain
Various studies show that listening to music
can reduce post operative and chronic pain especially after surgery. It will never replace painkillers of course but will
be a great help in reducing depression, disability and pain. The reason seems to be that it can help to tune out the pain
by increasing the brain’s reward center, thereby alleviating the sensation of pain.
good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.”- Bob Marley
6. It can help you express your emotions.
“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it.” – William Shakespeare,
Music can express what we may never be capable of verbally and thank goodness
for that. We may have to struggle with anger, love, depression and many other emotions and feelings. When we connect with
music, we can begin to cope. It helps us to be more honest with ourselves. Research at The Southern Methodist University shows
that when listening to classical music, undergraduate students were more communicative and open about their emotions. Everyone
has their favorite playlist to help them when they feel romantic, lazy or exhausted. Listening to classical music helps you
express your emotions in unique ways.
“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried
alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” – Sigmund Freud
7. It can help blood pressure
It is fascinating to discover that cardiologists have found a connection between Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
and our blood pressure levels. They found that this piece and many other classical music pieces are in natural sync with our
own body’s natural rhythm and that helps to keep blood pressure at optimal levels. Professor Bernardi at the University
of Pavia in Italy has done some interesting research on this.
It can help people on diets
know how difficult it is to eat slowly, chew your food properly, and really enjoy it. Playing soft music and dimming lights
in dining areas has been found to help people enjoy their food more and eat less! This is the main result of a study carried
out at Cornell University. On the other hand, places like fast food joints use brighter lights to encourage fast eating and
more profit for the business. You can improve the way you experience food by being more intentional in the way you eat, including
playing soft music during meals.