Music to help you focus
Whether you're preparing for exams or struggling to concentrate at work, Radio 3’s In Tune Mixtape is here to help. Each 30-minute mix contains an uninterrupted stream of amazing classical, jazz, folk and world music to help you focus and get the most out of study sessions.
Listen to your first mixtape now – and read on for our expert team’s suggestions of inspiring, relaxing music to aid concentration and calm pre-exam nerves.
Music for... inspiration
Find your motivation with gently uplifting music that doesn’t always go the way you expect; music that keeps your brain ticking along while your pulse slows. Try...
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat major >>> listen to clip
- Gustav Holst: Jupiter from The Planets
- Antonín Dvořák: Largo from Symphony No 9 (From the New World)
- Ethel Smyth: Serenade
- Gerald Finzi: The Salutation from Dies Natalis
For more music that will leave you feeling inspired and refreshed, listen to our Music to Energise mix (available until 9 June 2018).
Music for... concentration
Get in the zone for serious study with the hypnotic rhythms of classical dance and the repetitive phrasing of minimalism. Try...
- Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians >>> listen to clip
- Meredith Monk: Ellis Island
- Philip Glass: "Heroes" Symphony
- Astor Piazzola: Oblivion
- John Adams: Hallelujah Junction
For more music to aid focus and concentration, listen to our Music for Concentration mix (available until 7 June 2018).
Music for... reflection
Take some time to let facts and figures sink in with music of a contemplative, meditative nature. Try...
- Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise >>> listen to clip
- Hildegard von Bingen: Alma Redemptoris Mater
- Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
- John Tavener: The Protecting Veil
- Charles Villiers Stanford: The Blue Bird
For more reflective, meditative music, listen to our Music for Study mix (available until 10 June 2018).
Music for... relaxation
Wind down after a hard day’s work with slow, reflective music that’s as good for your heart as it is for your head. Try…
- Max Richter: Sleep >>> watch a video clip
- JS Bach: Aria from the Goldberg Variations
- Maurice Ravel: Movement 2 (Adagio assai) from Piano concerto in G major
- Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No 3 in A minor
- Brian Eno: Ending (an Ascent)