Quinte, On. real estate agent: Baroque and Brainwaves

Baroque and Brainwaves

Sometimes I am surprised to see my kids report cards and discover that they are getting good grades. I don't know how they do it. I watch them both doing their homework curled up on the couch with the television on and as often as not there will be music eminating from their computer at the same time. It seems such an unlikely environment in which anything requiring thought could be accomplished. They seem to be managing.

Then again, I remember studying for my exams listening to music as well. Perhaps that explains why I never learned calculus, but can still remember the lyrics to every Rolling Stones song ever written. The human mind can only absorb so much information at once, and when you are listening to music with lyrics, chances are the brain is not focused on the task at hand, but is distracted by the lyrics of the song. This makes sense, and should have been obvious to me at the time, but it wasn't - perhaps I was too distracted to have figured it out.

According to Robyn McMaster, the Senior VP at the MITA Brain Based Center, the solution to this is Baroque music. In an interesting article she wrote for her blog, brainbasedbiz.blogspot.com she explains why baroque music helps people concentrate. The next paragraph is taken directly from her blog.

Why Baroque Music? Research reveals that Baroque music pulses between 50 to 80 beats per minute. Baroque music "stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms," according to Chris Boyd Brewer, "to attain a state of deep concentration and focus in which large amounts of content information can be processed and learned." Music affects your brain waves. Slower baroques, such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi or Corelli, can create mentally stimulating environments for creativity and new innovations. Alpha brain waves originate from the occipital lobe during periods of relaxation. As you relax you can move out of stressors that otherwise impede your creativity.

Perhaps if more people knew this, I wouldn't be subjected to that top 40 crap that I constantly hear when I visit people at their offices

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 20 2010 02:27PM



I'm amazed at how kids brains are so multi-wired compared to ours.

Very interesting research on Baroque music.....I guess that explains why I love to listen to YoYo Ma when blogging and Vivaldi in the car when driving. It's very soothing and I find it helps clear my brain.


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 9 years ago


This is very interesting. Never gave any thought to this. But, I do play the music rather loud in the car.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm- Nice idea. I think you will be a very rich man if you could convince the youth of today to listen to this.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm, you are showing your age LOL! I have to agree with about the 'elevator' music that runs everywhere now. My grocery store even has their own 'radio' station that plays it while I shop.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 9 years ago


I could never do that. I need absolute silence to study. I don't know how kids today do it.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) almost 9 years ago
Malcolm: Meatloaf and calculus! Def Lepard and geography! Can't get any better! Ty
Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) almost 9 years ago

Jo-Anne Smith- Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real Estate, Ont (Brekland Realty Group) Jo, you can never go wrong listening to Vivaldi.

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker)Brian, I'm guilty of turning the volume up myself. Sometimes I don't hear my cell phone ring   -   just as well.

Ellie McIntire Real Estate in Howard County Maryland (The McIntire Team of Long & Foster) I'm not sure that I would be able to convince the youthof today of very much Ellie. They already know everything.

Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) But Janice, I'm young at heart hahaha.

Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) Terry, I think this generation of kids have become so used to noise and distractions that hey are able to block everything out, including advice that I might be trying to give them.

Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc Ty, your advice comes a little too late. My calculus days are behind me now.


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Any brain-related study is a sure-fire hit, Malcolm.

I didn't realize that Baroque was the best enabler of it.  I know that sometimes, I need absolute quiet.  That's not always available.  So those other times when I need to concentrate, I'll blast music in my earphones.  I notice that I need for it to be fast paced music, and it is much better if I am not familiar with it.  (Otherwise, I might start mentally singing or humming with it--very fun but not good for conentration.)

Robyn's last bit about creativity has me thinking some more, and I think I'd like to offer a modification.

Removing stressors can remove thought blockage, allowing you to see ALL of your thoughts more clearly.  Since most of us have less frequent visits to this part of the brain, it would seem like it's creative, but I think that it's more like finding things under seldom-turned rocks.  They're already there--not specially created.

I suspect that REAL creativity, most of the time, is actually CREATED by the force of necessity--real or perceived.  In this case, stress is actually constructively used.

Your post about what Robyn said gave me food for thought, and I'm thinking that times of NO stress and FULL stress are best for our "creativity."

Even if I'm right...How do you balance this?

Posted by Chris Wechner (CW Health Inc) almost 9 years ago

Chris Wechner (Section 8 Pros)Chris, I'm not sure how you'd go about balancing that.  For the most part, stress is our reaction to outside events, so we're at the mercy of things beyond our control.


Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago