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There is so much research about how calming music is for the physical body. I am taking notes as I read and plan to write a longer post when I can wrap my head around more of the details. It’s super fascinating…lower cortisol, higher dopamine, etc. Amazing! (This article is super interesting.)
The implications for children are really powerful. I’m no scientist, but I experiment in my classroom all the time. When the energy gets high, I sometimes allow my students to lay on the floor and listen to one of these pieces (with the lights off). It’s an incredibly powerful calming tool.
Creating peaceful spaces for our children is so important in this current age of hyper-stimulation. Teaching them to be still and just breathe is a skill that will serve them well into adulthood.
I think music can help.
Try having a “Lay Down and Listen” moment each day using one of these pieces. See if it helps calm your kids in anxious moments. Teach them to breathe slowly and relax their physical bodies. It’s like giving their little brains a warm bath.
Youtube Links for all 10 pieces:
- Air // Bach
- Meditation // Massenet
- The Swan // Saint-Saens
- Gymnopedie No. 1 // Satie
- Clair de Lune // Debussy
- Winter (2nd Movement) // Vivaldi
- Adagio for Strings // Barber
- Moonlight Sonata // Beethoven
- Ombra Mai Fu // Handel
- Pavane in F# Minor // Faure
P.S. I also have these on a Spotify list here!