For most people, classical music does not comprise a choice on their MP3 or the radio dial. However, when considered a tool, mentality alters and it is viewed from a different perspective. Then people happily allow the brass and wind instruments to caress their ears in order to boost their moral. It is then assumed that classical music can stimulate creative writing, but how?
Scientific research has found that classical music can temporarily enhance spatial-temporal reasoning (Rauscher, Shaw and KY-1993). What this means exactly is that in the Rauscher, Shaw and Ky experiment the results revealed specifically that for about 15 minutes, students tested had a higher spatial intelligence score.
Spatial intelligence is the ability or mental skill to solve spatial problems of navigation, to be able to see objects from different angles and space and to be able to distinguish fine details. These are necessary skills in everyday life as well as architecture and math. So how exactly can music stimulate creative writing?
Listening to classical music has been proven to enhance mood. It helps to stabilize impulse control, reduce stress and anxiety and enhance physical movement. Since music is in itself creativity, it is a natural postulation that it will help boost creativity in the writer since it improves the individual’s mood.
While listening to specific types of music, pictures are formed in the mind, thus automatically boosting creativity. For instance, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons may stimulate pictures of spring blossoms opening before the sunlight or butterflies fluttering here and there. While listening to the piece on spring, a teacher may ask students to describe the scene they envisage.
Another idea would be that during the part on summer the students may be asked to make up a story. The rhythm of specific instruments creates scenes of people fleeting, birds flying, a scene of rolling hills and so on. At first, the educator may play a bit, stop and brainstorm ideas. This will help the most timid of writers to be spurred on to put pen to paper.
For other students a teacher may even decide to use the symphony of block buster films such as the Lord of the Rings. In doing so, the children make a connection from the music to the film and automatically have an idea for their own writing. This of course, would be used for a specific type of creative writing; short story.
Inspirational music for poetry may be Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or a more modern artist’s music such as Yanni’s If I Could Tell You. Such inspirational music will not only prompt or improve creative writing, it will also most certainly place students in a positive mood and they may not want to leave the classroom.