Though I’ve been playing music for years, I still don’t have the best practice habits. I get wrapped up in computer work related to FiddleHed: maintenance, answering customer emails, designing new lessons and courses, etc. All of a sudden it’s 10:30 p.m. and I haven’t even played music.
So I’ve decided to do an experiment. Take 15-minute breaks to play music. In the dawning age of remote work, this seems like a practice that others could benefit from as well.
Here are some questions I’d like the experiment to answer.
- Does this break derail my thinking from my daily work? Or do I feel refreshed when I return?
- Is 15 minutes too little time? Is it a tease? Do I want to continue to play for an hour?
- Am I actually doing productive music practice, or is it more of a fun break?
Studies that show listening to music while you work lowers stress while boosting concentration and memory. Personally, I like ambient instrumental music when doing more menial tasks. I cannot concentrate when there are words.
Podcasts, talkshows, and news shows are edited with short music clips in between the speaking. It’s a little time and space for the brain to reflect and absorb the information.
As part of this experiment, I also want to do a little learning and research into how music affects learning.
Let me know if you also want to take part in the experiment. Also, please share any insightful books or articles on cognition and music.