We should use calming music when we start our classes with silent reading. How does the it work? Our normal heart rate is around 72 beats per minute, and is much faster in kids who have eaten sugar and drunk those caffeine and sugar laced monster drinks just to get themselves going in school.
The music in the calming music (found soon in downloadable form on this site) is mostly taken from the second movement of certain Baroque concertos. Those are written at 60 beats per minute. This slows the heart rate down to 60 bpm. When that happens, the brain waves, which in the active waking state occur at 22-24 cycles per second, slow down toward, but not all the way to, 14 cycles per second. For those familiar with this process of , it is called Suggestopedia.