The Power of Music, Part 4: Make Your Own Music for Learning Playlist

In the first two parts of this blog series, I shared how music can help your memory, and specifically how Baroque music aids in learning. Then, I shared some practical tips that you can use in your daily life to incorporate music as a tool for learning. In this final post in the series, I’m delighted to share some suggestions for creating your own playlist for optimal learning.

Where do you find the music that best enhances learning ability? You can gather existing recordings of largely baroque music – and compile a personal playlist of those selections from classical baroque recordings that fit the tempo and style requirements.

Here are some selections that will work well. Or, you can select among modern musicians who compose modern music to fit these same rhythm and tempo characteristics, such as Steven Halpern.



  • Adagio in G Minor for Strings


  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s desiring
  • Largo from Harpischord Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
  • Air for the G string
  • Largo from Harpsichord Concerto in C Major, BMV 975
  • Lute Suite in E
  • Sheep May Safely Graze


  • Largo from Concerto for Mandolin and Strings


  • Largo from Concerto No. 10 in F Major From Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op. 5


  • Serenade in D Minor, Op 44
  • Pachibel
  • Canon in D


  • Oboe Cincerto


  • Alborado del Gracioso
  • Daphnis et Chloe, Suite #2
  • Pavan for a dead princess


  • Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord


  • Largo from “winter” from the Four Seasons
  • Largo from Concerto in D Major for Guitar and strings
  • Largo from Concerto in C Major for Mandolin, Strings and Harpsichord

I hope you find some selections that you personally enjoy on your Music for Learning playlist. Isn’t it wonderful that something so relaxing and enjoyable can also be used as a powerful tool to help with memory and learning?

If you missed any of the prior posts in this Power of Music series, you can read them here:

Part 1: Music and Memory

Part 2: Baroque Music

Part 3: Music for Learning