Blog Post #4 – Inquiry Research Round #2 – How Does Different Genres of Music Affect Different Living Beings?

“How Does Different Genres of Music Affect Different Living Beings?”

How Does Music Affect Plants?

By: Karen Zoulau

          In 1962, Dr. T.C. Singh, Head of Botany at Annamalia University made one of the earliest studies on how music affected plants [1]. He experimented on Balsam plants. When they listened to classical music, they grew 20% more and had an increase of 72% in biomass when compared to the other plants that did not get music [1]. The plants that were exposed to classical and jazz music grew towards the speaker [1] while the plants that listened to rock music grew away from the speakers and showed signs that are similar to overwatering [1]. The vibrations of certain types of music and sounds can stimulate the plant’s growth [1]. Plants do not have ears, so they cannot hear sound [2]. They can only feel vibrations that the sound waves emit [2]. The vibrations stimulate the plant cells and can make the nutrients feel encouraged to move through the plant’s body [2]. It promotes new growth and strengthens their immune system [2]. Most sounds have the ability to stimulate growth in plants [3]. Plants that are exposed to sounds six hours a day, had more growth when compared to the plants that didn’t listen to anything [3]. Music gives off the same effects as non-musical sounds [3]. One type of sound is not better than the other. Studies have shown that exposing plants to music for more than three hours a day can endanger the plant’s health [4]. An overdose on music can contribute to more negative effects, for example: shell resonance [4]. Plants that listened to rock music seemed to deteriorate more quickly and died within a few weeks [5]. It seems as if the vibrations caused by rock music gives off a large amount of pressure for the plants, which does not benefit the plant’s growth [5]. Even with all of these tests and experiments. there is no concrete, conclusive evidence that music actually helps plants grow [5]. More scientific tests are needed [5]. Interestingly, plants can listen to vibrations from other plants [3], when being near other plants, there will be better growth [3]. 
This is why plants grow better near other plants rather than growing alone. It’s especially strange to know that plants have specific tastes in music, just like humans [2]. Roses seem to like violin music [2] the most when compared to other genres of music. Most plants appreciate classical or jazz music, as it often increases their growth [2]. Metal music induces a lot of stress in plants [2]. The vibrations of metal seem to be just a bit intense for the plants, because it stimulates their cells a little too much [2]. So, if you have plants at home, you could try giving them some classical music from time to time. It could really aid in their growth.

Works Cited:

  1. Nursery, Pistils. “Should You Sing to Your Plants? Here’s What the Science Says.” Pistils Nursery, Pistils Nursery, 19 Feb. 2020,
  2. Pink, Andrea. “Fact or Myth: Does Music Affect Plant Growth?” Bloomscape, 15 May 2020,
  3. Michelle, M. (2019, March 02). Does Music Affect Plant Growth? Retrieved November 28, 2020, from
  4. MSc., D. (2020). Influence of music on plants. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from
  5. Dyer, M. H. (2019). Playing Music For Plants – How Does Music Affect Plant Growth. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from

4 Replies to “Blog Post #4 – Inquiry Research Round #2 – How Does Different Genres of Music Affect Different Living Beings?”

  1. Hi Karen,

    Wow! it’s really strange to hear how plants can react to different types of music. As music changes plants, I think it also affects individuals when they’re listening to music. You might be a different person today if you have listened to a different type of music.

    See you at your final research round!

  2. Hi Karen!
    Wow, I really enjoyed reading your post! I was quite surprised to learn that plants deteriate more quickly when listening to rock music. As well as that plants can have an overdose on music. That came as a big surprise for me. Overall, I enjoyed reading your second round of research and am looking forwards to your next post!
    I found a few sites that may help you in your third round of research:

    (This article is a bit of a long read, but reading the Introduction, discussion, and conclusion may be most helpful in your third round of research)


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