Evidence That It Works
One study found that practicing mindfulness before listening to music has the potential to enhance listeners’ experience by increasing their ability to focus on the music without distraction.
Why Does It Matter?
Mindfulness, as a practice, can take many forms, such as mindful breathing, eating, listening, or walking. Mindfully listening to music offers students a unique type of practice—one that is fairly new to the field, and that may also encourage further exploration of mindfulness due to the aesthetic enjoyment inherent in the practice.
In addition, while research on the effects of mindfulness on children is still in the early stages, a 2016 review of 12 studies suggests some promising outcomes for young children relative to attention, self-regulation, and motor skills. A 2014 meta-analysis that focuses on 24 studies of K-12 students demonstrated changes in students’ attention and resilience to stress, including positive emotions, self-esteem and self-concept, and well-being.