My 2017 Fall Studying Playlist

Do you study while listening to music? I definitely do, in fact, I have trouble staying focused without music. And studying with music is a required part of my college career. 🙂 

I’m a seasonal listener, with different playlists for each time of the year. Also a task listener. I have playlists for my morning, for running, for writing, and for studying.

Last spring, my study playlist was incredibly cheerful. Disney soundtracks + peppy Irish folk music. This semester, I’m feeling a bit more serious. #overwhelmedbyhomework

I often debate include my writing playlist as my study list. But my writing playlist tells a story. The music crescendos, and then ebbs back. It motivates characters emotions.

I don’t want to feel an emotional tug-of-war while studying. I want this playlist to be straightforward and motivational.

So, without further ado, here’s my 2017 Fall Studying Playlist

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Samwise the Brave from Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

LOTR Soundtrack CoverAlright, you might already know I’m a big fan of Sam. And his theme is just perfect. Subtly reminiscent and haunting. When I’m feeling overwhelmed by assignments and to-do lists, this piece is encouraging.

Lily’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Is there anything more haunting than the music from this last film? I can’t imagine so. Anyway, this theme is perfect for the fall. I’m not sure it could ever go in a spring playlist, because it’s just too haunting.

A Thousand Years from the Piano Guys

I’ve never watched Twilight (No plans to ever touch it) But this piano/cello cover is fantastic! It’s cheerful without being over-the-top rambunctious.

Illumination by Jennifer Thomas

Strictly piano that’s stirring and fast paced. Also, no clue if it’s from something else. Also, this song is one of the longest on my list, clocking in at just over 4 minutes. A 4 minute adrenaline rush.

Victory from Mockingjay Part 1 

The Hunger Games trilogy soundtrack is one of all-time favorites. And this song pulls in all of my feelings from the entire series.
Sometimes, I just listen to the entire soundtrack while studying. But since I aim to have a variety of songs in my study jams, I include this one song.

What Makes You Beautiful – Piano Guys

piano guys cd coverI can’t listen to words while studying. But I love the Piano Guys version of this One Direction classic. One D is always fun and this piece adds spice to my life. And it’s an incredibly cheerful breakup of my autumn sad soundtrack.

Yeah, this kind of belongs with spring music. 

Lord M from Victoria 

I love the simplicity of this song, mixed with the weight of history. Maybe, I sound a little crazy saying that. 

But the Victoria season soundtrack is so pretty, and this is one of my favorite pieces! It’s calm, but measured pacing, keeps me focused.

Ron’s Victory from Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince

This is actually the first song on my actual iTunes playlist, for good reason. It’s incredibly fun and the epitome of victory. All the feelings I want to experience about school summed up in one song. #quidditchfan

End Credits from The Giver

One of my favorite credit scores. A combination of the Giver theme, and vocal choir, I adore this piece.

I sometimes play it on repeat, because it’s just so pretty.

North and South Title Theme

North and South and the Giver credits are back to back in my list. I could play these two songs on repeat for a very long time.

I’ll probably add a few more songs as the semester flies along, but this a pretty great starting pack. It clocks right in at 30 minutes – a perfect concentrated study time. And if I need a bit longer, I’ll just listen to all the Lord of Rings CDs back-to-back. Or the Hunger Games soundtracks. Either one is plenty long enough. 🙂 

let's chat

Do you study with music?

How often do you update your playlist? How many playlists do you have? Also, would you like to hear more about my different playlists? 

What’s your favorite soundtrack?

Do you prefer music without lyrics? Or with lyrics?

Also, do you like Spotify or iTunes? 

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1 Comment

  1. October 2, 2017 / 7:57 am

    I love working with music of all types. But if it’s something like writing, I can’t listen to anything I don’t know well, or Broadway. I never thought of making different playlists for different seasons, but that’s a good idea. And I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite soundtrack. There are so many good ones.

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