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How classical music saved my grade

Cello musicians from the CSUN Youth Orchestra.
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There are so many different genres of music in the world, classical music being one of them. However, there are also different variations of classical music making pieces by different classical composers unique. So no, not all classical music is the same. I learned that just last semester when I needed to focus on studying for an exam.

I am someone who really loves music. I listen to music every single day as I put on makeup or do my hair and even when I am cooking and cleaning, but never while working on assignments. Nevertheless, I turn to music to fill the silence as much as I can. My preferred genres are mostly rap, hip hop, R&B, Latin music and hits from the 90s and early 2000s, but not classical music. A former teacher of mine from elementary school once told me that classical music is great for brain function and overall nerves, but I always assumed it was boring and would put me to sleep. That was until classical music “saved” me.

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It was the day before my Anthropology exam and I was having trouble focusing and keeping calm while studying. I have some anxiety issues as well as being quite hyperactive; the two do not mix well. Imagine this: my heart beats super fast and my brain goes through so many thoughts at once and just as fast, causing me to have a short attention span while trying to relax and find my “zen.” Yes, I love music, but listening to songs with words throws me off while studying and I end up singing along to the song rather than trying to comprehend what I am reading and writing.

My parents suggested that I listen to classical music to help me relax. Since I love my Armenian culture and have such a huge fascination for it, they recommended I listen to the music of a world renowned Soviet Armenian composer and conductor, Aram Khachaturian. At first, I did not see how his music would be any different from other classical…

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