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It’s no secret that music can help you concentrate. However, in this regard, not all genres are created equal. Here’s a quick look at a few genres that can give you a concentration boost above the rest.

Classical Music

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, given how many articles and pop science explanations laud the benefits of Bach and Beethoven and all classical composers. Still, our brains are naturally wired to pick up on patterns, and classical music with its dedication to making, breaking, and reinventing structure and style is perfect for that.

Electronic Music

Next verse, same as the first – electronic instrumentals boast the same kind of pattern-happy beats as do old-school classical compositions. The key here is to find something where the pattern is intense enough to engage your brain while still allowing you enough space to think creatively.

Jazz Music

At its best, jazz is all about composition and improvisation. As such, it offers enough rhythm and patterns to keep your brain happy while its improvisations offer a chance to break with the past and offer a new listening experience every time. Another great thing about jazz is that it has a way of taking inspiration from other genres. Coltrane, for example, borrowed from the world of musicals to craft his version of “My Favorite Things.” Other jazz scores borrow from Latin music, which the world of musicals picked right up on for the jazz-Latin fusion that became Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Alternative Music

Sometimes the best way to clear your head is to break free of the status quo, and that’s been alternative music’s M.O. since, well, there’s been alternative music. Another great thing about this genre is that it’s often acoustic-happy, which can make for easy listening. This in turn can help soothe and relax you, putting you in a better frame of mind to concentrate on the task at hand.

Whatever your preferred musical genre might be, there are plenty of singers, songwriters, and composers out there who can help you unwind and focus anew.