The powerful and universal effect of music supports learning in various phases of the accelerated learning cycle:


Music can help learners feel welcome and invite them into the learning environment. It can also re-energize during the breaks.

  • Dances of the Renaissance
  • Charley Byrd: Byrd-Lore
  • Mozart: Concerto for Flute in G-major (KV 313)
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for Oboe (RV 447 and 449)


Centering / Relaxation / Learning Journeys

Baroque music, as well as other relaxing or inspiring music can be used to help the learners relax and focus on the topic, the course or their own thoughts.

  • Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite 1 (Morning) (op.46)
  • Michael Jones: Seascapes - Mexican Memory
  • Bobby McFerrin: Common Threads - Sweet in the Morning

For relaxation specifically:

  • Rainer Molzahn: Songlines
  • Rainer Molzahn: Moondance
  • Manneli & Goldman: Skydreams
  • Kobialka: Velvet Dreams



Music that re-enforces the topic being taught, especially at an emotional level can be used in the introduction of new material.

  • Pink Panther
  • Mission Impossible


Creative Presentation

Various music from classical to topical for the subject as well as sound effects can be used to compliment the presentation.

  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 (KV 488)
  • Movie Soundtracks


Active Concert

Classical music of the pre-romantic period (Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn) is used in the first concert because of its emotional and inspirational effect, as well as its harmonious structure.

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) (op. 68)
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (op. 73)
  • Mozart: Concerto for Harp, Flute and Orchestra (KV 299)
  • Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet (KV 622)
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 93 (Hob.I. 93)


Passive Concert

The slow movements of Baroque music gives structure to the second concert and re-enforces the relaxed, focused state. Some composers to look for: Bach, Haendel, Telemann, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Corelli. Examples:

  • J.S. Bach: Concerte for Cembalo (BWV1056) - second movement
  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso, op.6, No.6 - second movement
  • Haendel: Concerto Grosso, op.3, No.1 - second movement
  • Telemann: Concerto for Viola, G major - third movement


Activation Phases

Lively music can be used to accompany certain activities involving movement. Songs, raps and poems to music can enrich the learning. Music can be used to practice language.


  • Nakai: Native American Flute
  • Sandhan: Celebration


  • Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Songs Without Words (op. 19, 30, 38, 53, 62, 67, 85, 102)
  • Arnik: Spanish Guitar



Music can motivate learners to move and raise the energy level: circle dances, moving to music and playing music together can help achieve the optimal energy level for learning.
Music can be calming and help to re-focus. Examples:

  • Circles Dances (raising energy)
  • Outback: Baka - Airplay (raising energy)
  • An Dun: Calming Emotions (calming energy)



Music can be used to anchor certain activities such as breaks, moving from one group activity to another, etc. Short pieces of music with relevant texts can be used to underscore something the group has experienced or will experience.

  • Beatles: Come Together
  • Joe Cocker: You Are So Beautiful