Why Does Music Help You Concentrate: Productivity Benefits

Do you enjoy listening to music? Is it part of your routine for studying or work? It’s prevalent for people to use music to stay focused on their priorities. Why does music help you concentrate? There is plenty of research showing that music helps concentration, with some types improving overall productivity. 

Why does music help you concentrate: Does music help you work?

If you’re a current or former student, music is something you may value. I wasn’t one of them, but I recalled my peers wearing their headphones on the go or while studying. Even where I work, people wear headphones to help them get work done.

Unlike what I discuss in other posts, I will discuss some of the benefits that help you stay focused. I’ll refer to some of the latest research that proves the case.

Why does music help you concentrate?

Benefits of improving brain functions

According to a study conducted by Florida National University, it found that listening to soft, ambient music reduces stress and anxiety while improving work performance. Also, it can lower blood pressure and heart rate levels. They researched ways for current students to reduce test anxiety. This factor is pervasive for college students, which is why many of them take advantage of listening to music.

Other benefits to the brain

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It’s widely known that music helps change people’s moods for the better. So it’s best to listen to music that you enjoy listening to. If it’s music that gets you pumped up or makes you relaxed, that provides benefits to changing your mood.

It also helps to have some musical training early in life. Whether that’s offered in public schools or through private programs, children learning the sounds of music can be very beneficial. These benefits would include healthier brains and less likely to develop brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Types of music to boost productivity

As mentioned earlier, they have linked ambient music to higher levels of focus and productivity. Common types of ambient music include nature sounds and orchestra music. Although this music may sound boring, it’s much better to listen to doing active tasks.

These activities may include studying, doing household chores, or doing deep (focused) work at the office. Orchestra music especially can help soothe the mind, leading to better focus at work.

Ambient music more effective

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Though ambient music may not be for everybody, it can be a great challenge for anyone to get more things done. Other types of music (rock, hip-hop, rap) grab your attention. They can make some people distracted by listening to the lyrics rather than the exact sound.

But with ambient music, it doesn’t come with much variety; therefore, there are no surprises that come along with them. So it’s designed to softer music for concentration and even make some people relax.

How it can help at school and work

Listening to music is very common while studying and at the office. When it comes time to study for final exams, students need to be in complete-focus moods. Or for working at your job, a specific type of music can help you concentrate on your most important tasks.

I knew some coworkers who listened to music when they needed to work on demanding projects. It can vary, but when those deadlines come, listening to music can be very helpful.

Music helps concentration: Use music to avoid distractions

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One reason for listening to music is for people to block off any noise and distractions. In my last few jobs, some areas I worked in were very noisy and distracting. I never took advantage of using headphones since the work environment didn’t bother me that much.

But many of my coworkers wore headphones (either listening to music or podcasts) to zone out those distractions. I imagine if they didn’t do that, the noise would have bothered them. Not everyone may need headphones, but it’s an excellent way to stay focused and avoid those inconveniences.

My own experiences listening to music

When I work at my job, I don’t listen to music because I’m always walking around the office. But outside of work, I’ll listen to some music when I write a blog post or doing light research at home. I like the quiet and peaceful time to myself, but I also want to turn on some music in the background now and then.

Types of music that relaxes me include jazz, nature sounds, and some orchestra music. These types of music help me perform best during my peak periods, and when I need to relax and wind down.

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Within the last month, I’ve also looked into some music apps. One that I started using two weeks ago is brain.fm. It’s a music app designed for your needs and help improve your concentration.

Brain.fm uses science and research to learn how music helps improve mood and productivity levels. From what I’ve tried out, brain.fm has helped me stay focused on getting things done around the house. (at the moment, I’m listening to brain.fm as I write out this post!)


Overall, listening to music has many benefits to improve brain functions. Particularly for concentration, it can be an excellent resource for studying or working on big projects at work.

It may not be for everyone, but many people will listen for fun or focus time. As I just talked about, I listen to music when I’m by myself in a place where there are little distractions.

I bring this interesting research up because many people struggle with concentration. If you work at a place where it’s distracting, it’s best to look into some headphones (if permitted where you work at).

For the best results, I recommend getting playlists together that comprise soft, ambient music. You never know if it’ll help you feel less stressed out and potentially increase your productivity.

What kind of music do you listen to? Does it help you stay focused and get more done out of your day?

Leave a comment below, and please share this post with others.

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Eric is a time management consultant and owner of the blog, quitkillingtime.com. He takes great pride in helping people manage their time, personally and professionally. Eric is a firm believer in time freedom, as he believes in taking ownership of time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He likes to go for long walks out in nature and been taking Zumba classes every week at his local gym. You can follow Eric via Facebook and LinkedIn.


12 thoughts on “Why Does Music Help You Concentrate: Productivity Benefits”

  1. Music is my passion and I love doing tasks whenever I am listening to music. It is always of immense help especially in keeping me focused and getting things done. This is really massive to see and thank you for sharing insights to it.  Ambient sounds help improve focus a lot because of their ominous nature and it helps to get head cleared

    • Thank you, Rodarrick. I’m glad to know you enjoyed this post.

      Yes, I agree with you on many of these great points. Ambient music certainly has it’s benefits here and there. It’s good that this type of music is still around.

      Thank you again for your input- much appreciated!

  2. Hello, I really want to first appreciate your effort in putting this great website together and writing this article. the love i have for music just blew up to in exponential. i have always believed that music is food for the soul but then with all these benefits, anyone who is not into music is not living

    • Thanks for making a note on the website. I appreciate it- even though it’s still a work in progress, it looks much better than it did nearly six months ago. 

      I agree with you wholeheartedly that music is food for the soul. It can change your mood for the better, and that’s why I love about it the most. I don’t know anybody who’s not into music, but you make a good point on those not enjoying it at all. I’m sure there are some, but for the most part, I think most people find music very beneficial.

      Thanks for sharing your feedback! 

  3. What a great article about music!

    I listen to the music all the time on my way work and home. I enjoy listening to the same favourite music and repeat every day, which is kind of like a refreshing tool to keep me motivated and energetic.

    Thanks for sharing and I look forward to your next article! 

    • Of course. It’s good to know that you make music a part of your daily commute. Many people listen to music on their commute as well. I agree with you that listening to music gets me motivated some days. I certainly need it every now and then.

      Thanks for sharing your input!

  4. Music helps me tremendously when I went to school. It helps me concentrate and calm. I love listening to ambience to help me focus on writing my papers. I haven’t heard of Brain fm before but will definitely check it out. I am currently listening to YouTube and the ads get too annoying. Thanks for sharing the benefits and the platform 🙂 

    • Of course! Yes, I enjoy using brain.fm– it helps me stay focused on my priorities. Especially when I need to get stuff done, brain.fm has come in handy with its music. 

      I listen to music on Youtube occasionally. But I agree with you that the ads are super annoying. They do offer premium subscriptions where they allow you to skip ads. Maybe not now, but I might look into that down the road.

      Thanks for sharing your input!

  5. I’ve always have been a music fan. My mother used to complain all the time not understanding how I could hear music and study at the same time. I’m now sharing your post to her. xD

    The fact of getting your brain releasing endorphins is an important fact on its own. Thanks for this great recommendation. I’m on concentration mode on using BrainFm right now! 

    Great post!

    • Thanks, Juan! Your little story is nice. I get where your mother is coming from, but most people like you can do both at the same time. I’m glad you shared this post with her!

      It’s good to know you like what brain.fn brings to the table. As I mentioned earlier, I enjoy using it when I need to focus.

      Thanks again for sharing your input!

    • Of course, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I agree with you that classical music is one of my favorites. It sure helps me stay focused when I need it the most. But yes, a little silence throughout the day helps every once in a while.

      Thanks for sharing your feedback!


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