CLASSIC TOUCH: Exposure to classical music can have many benefits for children.
CLASSIC TOUCH: Exposure to classical music can have many benefits for children. Contributed

Classical music performance to be held at the Moncrieff

RESEARCH has revealed that the melody and rhythm of classical music affects the brain in positive ways.

Bundaberg audiences will get to test the theory first hand with the Australian Chamber Orchestra's ACO2 to perform at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre later this month.

The orchestra, led by international director and acclaimed violinist Benjamin Schmid will present Around the World, a musical journey through America, Russia, and Germany, culminating in a voyage through Salzburg, Barcelona, Paris and Maputo with Berger's Metropoles Suite for violin and strings.

Classical music has long been associated with positive impacts on the brain and new research has reaffirmed the benefits.

Studies have shown that the rhythm of the music raises the level of serotonin produced in the brain.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps maintain feelings of joy while easing tension.

Classical music has long been associated with positive impacts on the brain and new research has reaffirmed the benefits.

The hormone is released when the brain is positively shocked like when looking at a splendid painting, smelling an evocative scent, eating something delicious or listen to charming music.

The rhythm of music can also stimulate other natural flows of the body, resembling the heartbeat, or the Alfa-rhythm of the brain, and this effect is used to counter the development of clinical depression.

The melody is the sparkle that catalyses the creative process in our minds.

A new study from the University of London's Institute of Education has found that exposing children to classical music can aid in developing better concentration levels, self-discipline and social skills.

Since the mid-1800s, research has suggested that classical music can have numerous positive effects on children's development and health.

In a study conducted last year professor of education and music psychology Susan Hallam concluded that classical music helps children concentrate while improving self-discipline.

Hallam asked 252 students aged from seven to 10 to listen out for certain musical instruments, melodies and rhythms in well-known classical works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

"The program led to enhanced listening skills and the development of increased concentration and self-discipline," Prof Hallam said.

"The children's positive reactions also suggested that they were 'open-eared' and had not developed any prejudices against classical music."

Teachers also noted a positive change in their students after the participated in the study.

The boosting of children's concentration levels was rated as the program's main benefit, followed by the increase in musical knowledge, improved self-discipline and social skills.

Some staff also pointed to notable improvements in English comprehension.

Unfortunately there has been a reduction of music education in schools compared to years ago and the music style young people are exposed to is limiting their audio experience, and therefore limiting the stimulation to parts of the brain receptive to different sounds.

Among the things impacted positively by music are:

Memory. Background music may aid in developing memory. Most importantly, memory recall improves when the same music played during learning is played during recall.

Emotion and mood. An American study using the 30 variations in Johann Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, found that children of different ages were mostly consistent in identifying the "emotion" of the variation as excited, sad, happy, or calm.

Even children with no musical background were able to articulate the emotions expressed by the music.

The prodigy myth. Famous classical musicians are often deemed child geniuses.

While Mozart is the most common example, there are others. Felix Mendelssohn wrote his first piece at age 11, and Frederick Chopin, the quintessential 'romantic' composer, performed concerts by the time he was 20.

While every child may not develop into a musical master, every child does have the potential to benefit from classical music, especially when music teaching takes a broad sensory approach.

Here's your chance to introduce your kids to the beauty of classical music, performed by a collection of virtuoso performers from all over the world.

The ACO2 is the brainchild of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

It brings together musicians from the ACO with the rising stars of Australian music

In 2013 Richard Tognetti led the ACO2 on a national tour with the performances described as "one of the year's must-see concerts".

Under Tognetti's direction ACO2 performed in the Classical Destinations II television series.

ACO2 today is a critically acclaimed string ensemble renowned for its fresh and energetic style.

Schmid, a previous guest director of the ACO, is leading the way this season with ACO2 embracing much-loved works in the string repertoire.

Schmid is a recipient of the German Record Prize, the Echo Klassik Prize, the Gramophone Editor's Choice and the Strad Selection.

He has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Don't miss this chance to hear musicians from Australia's most dynamic and critically acclaimed orchestra performing with the stars of the future.

ACO2 will perform at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Saturday, May 23 from 4.30pm.

Tickets are $20 for children, $39 seniors and $44 for adults. For bookings or enquiries phone 41304100 or visit moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au.