School is back in session and, whether it’s online learning or in the classroom, that means something else is also making a comeback: studying! Studying is important so we can retain the knowledge we learn during class and apply it later on, in tests and quizzes as well as real life, but just because it’s important doesn’t mean it’s always easy… 


One thing that has always helped us get through a big study session is playing music, and we’re sure you can agree: music makes everything better! Music is powerful and song choices can have a big effect on your mood and productivity, especially while studying. We want to make sure that your study sessions are the best they can be so you can start this school year off with a bang! So tell us how you feel about your current study situation and we’ll tell you what song your study playlist needs!


Describe your current study situation...

Productive Desk
Can't Study In Silence
Late Night Study Session

What Song Does Your Study Playlist Need?
Timed Tempos

Timed Tempos

If you really need to put in work during this study session, try adding some timed tempos to your study playlist! Timed tempos are songs timed at 60 beats per minute, which helps put your mind at ease while helping you be more productive and creative.

Top tempo tune: Concertos for Recorder – Georg Philipp Telemann
Modern Electronic

Modern Electronic Music

You can’t force creativity, sometimes you just have to let it come to you. Which is exactly why you should add some modern electronic music to your study playlist! Don’t let its name intimidate you, modern electronic music will help you chill out and relax your mind while encouraging creativity.

Mystifying modern electronic music: Music for Airports – Brian Eno
Classical Tunes

Classical Tunes

If you’re stressing out about a big study session that will likely keep you up late, you need to add classical music to your study playlist! Classical music is peaceful and harmonious, which will help create a calm study environment while also helping you focus. A few of the most acclaimed composers (and some of our faves) are Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky.

Top classical tune suggestion: Cello Suite #1 – Bach
Instrumental Music

Instrumental Music

If you’re easily distracted but also can’t seem to focus in complete silence, you should add some instrumental music to your study playlist! It’s a great way to have background noise during your study session but you won’t become distracted by any lyrics.

Top instrumental interest: VSQ Loves Modern Hits – Vitamin String Quartet
Nature Sounds

Nature Sounds

Thinking about how much you need to focus is just going to make it harder to actually focus. You need to be able to relax while minimizing distractions. The best way to do that is to listen to some natural sounds like waterfalls, rain, and ocean waves! These sounds will help you to stop stressing but also increase your concentration by blocking outside noises and help keep your mind engaged on a subconscious level.

Nature sound suggestion: Suburban Forest Rain 1 – Aquagirl


Check out Idagio to discover your favorite classical music to stream.

Now that you’ve got an idea of what music you need to add to your study playlist, don’t forget to make your playlist ahead of time so it’s ready when you need it! You should also keep the volume controlled so your music is playing in the background and try timing your breaks for when your playlist ends. This way you can maximize your productivity and have a great semester- happy studies!