Do you want an advantage? change your taste in music


Interesting survey from TD Ameritrade which happens to be my broker and so far I’m happy with. The wealthy people are more likely to listen to classical/jazz music — which could include Beethoven, Mozart(Not a Fan), and Bach. Indeed, those who listened to classical/jazz reported that they raked in an average income of more than $114,000 per year, compared to just $58,000 for country music fans (the lowest of those measured), according to a survey of 1,500 released this month by TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade said that it believes this finding will hold true for all age groups.

I’d rather hustle 24/7 than slave 9 to 5.

How much income each type of music lover rakes in:

  • Classical/Jazz – $114,000
  • Electronic – $92,000
  • Rap/Hip-hop – $69,000
  • ’80s/’90s – $67,000
  • Hard rock – $65,000
  • Pop/Top 40 – $61,000
  • Country – $58,000

Jazz and Classical music connoisseur are more likely to say they feel financially secure than other music fans: three in four say they feel this way, compared to fewer than half of fans who jam to pop, hard rock, hip-hop, and country.

The music itself can boost your academic performance, levels of productivity and even our IQs — all of which could, of course, boost your bottom line.

Listening to this type of music may help improve your academic performance, according to a study published in the journal Learning and Individual Differences. The researchers found that students who listened to an hour lecture with classical music playing in the background scored significantly higher on a quiz on the topic, than did those who didn’t hear any music. “It is possible that music, provoking a change in the learning environment, influenced the students’ motivation to remain focused during the lecture, which led to better performance on the multiple-choice quiz,” the study authors wrote.

Music has also been shown to give a noticeable boost to your IQ. One study found that IQ scores related to measurable skills rose eight to nine points after the subjects listened to Jazz. And another study, which looked at radiologists who listened to Baroque classical music at work, suggested that the music could help boost their productivity.

According to the University of Nevada, Reno’s counseling services, music, and stress levels go hand in hand. While faster tempos can get you up and going, slower ones – such as the standard tempo of jazz music – will soothe both the mind and body.  Which makes a powerful connection between stress level and one’s ability to study, too, noting how stress is the “arch-enemy of memory ability.”

Following this logic, by listening to jazz or classical music in the background – you’ll be lowering your stress levels in the process – you’ll also find yourself much more likely to retain the information that you’re attempting to learn. Best of all, it will reflect on your bottom line. If you are interested in learning more about different types of jazz, read our article on Bossa Nova.


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