There have been a lot of studies on how music can affect our mind and our body. Most people generally like to listen to certain kinds of music and that music generally will have some sort of affect on our moods when we listen to it. With all the study that's been done, a lot of data has been gathered and some of the results have been surprising. The studies have included classical music to hard rock and everything in between.
When looking at classical music we need to understand that even though true classical music was from the mid-1700s through 1820, overall classical is considered to be any kind of western art music that comes from a highly formal composition. This can include music that is performed by wind symphonies, symphony orchestras, solos, duets and chamber ensembles. Some people have felt that there are calming and relaxing attributes connected to this style of music and many who listen to it find it easier to deal with things after they've calmed down with.
According to several studies, classical kinds of music seems to affect a person's heart rate, it seems to lower the blood pressure and will actually improve a person's ability to learn. Then the music that has a faster beat or rhythm seems to increase the heart rate which also might increase the blood pressure as well. It's also been noted that some music can even make the pupils of the eyes dilate.
A common theory in many research circles agree that for example if you listen to the music of Mozart that you can enhance your intelligence as well as calm you down and walk away with a far more relaxed demeanor. A lot of college professors will play classical music during tests in order to help the student relax and concentrate better on their test. This doesn't necessarily mean that it's truly helping their learning process but it does calm them down and everyone knows that if you are calm during a test you will more than likely do better on it.
Some agree that this kind of music an also be used in a controlled environment during therapy while seeing a professional. Many feel that playing the music during therapy can help to promote a feeling of wellness, helps a person manage their stress better, sometimes alleviate pain, helps with memory, makes it easier for a person to express their feelings and improves communication between the professional and their patient.
Classical music has also been used with patients with brain injuries, Alzheimer's, substance abuse and seems to create an overall comfortable atmosphere for people to work in as well.
Whatever the use for classical music if it at least helps us to calm down and nothing more, we are still receiving a huge benefit from it.