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Music in the Background

Posted at 9:51 AM on April 26, 2013 by Emily Reese

A recent article in the Pacific Standard highlights a study regarding bullying on playgrounds.

Play relaxing music during recess, and kids are bullied less.

Researchers played music from this yoga CD.

I immediately thought of the Lake Street station for the light rail in the Twin Cities. Did you catch this last year? The Metropolitan Transit decided to play classical music at the station to discourage loitering.

One of the most frequent comments we receive here at Classical MPR is that our music is soothing. Calming. Relaxing.

And that's because it is.

Can you imagine going to the pharmacy and hearing Bach instead of Bieber? It would remove an unnecessary layer of pain and distress from that particular errand.

What would life be like if we heard more classical music in the background everywhere, if there is to be music in the background at all?

I think it'd be pretty soothing.