Which is better: classical music or rock 'n' roll?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 January, 2005, 12:00am

Pulcheria Chung, 18 St Mary's Canossian College

There are two important aspects to look at. Does the music cause any harm? And does it fulfil the requirements of 'music'?

There is no doubt that classical music benefits people. According to Don Campbell, the best-selling author of the Mozart Effect, the right kind of music can enhance a developing baby and stimulate its intellect when it is still in the womb. Classical music can also help boost a child's brain development and creativity. For adults, it produces a calm and soothing effect, especially when they are stressed.

Rock music, however, is bad. A study of 36 mice found that the group which listened

to rock music showed aggression, inattentiveness and a significant decrease in learning retention.

To put it simply, rock music causes nerve damage and leads to bad behaviour. Please think twice before listening to your favourite rock band while studying.

Switch off your rock 'n' roll and tune in to Mozart.

Oliver Kwan, 17 Delia School of Canada

I can appreciate all the hard work and talent that goes into classical music, but I'm a great fan of rock 'n' roll.

Why is it that so many people today would listen to rock rather than classical music?

There is a simple answer. Rock is easy to relate to.

People like to listen to a love song rather than a two-hour instrumental performance.

Any good rock tune is created by a musician who is doing it from experience, while classical music was used to gain royal approval.

I'm not trying to say that classical music is bad because it was created for the wrong purpose.

But the origins of music do contribute to how people relate to it.

There is another reason why I like rock.

After a while, you would have heard all the classical music there is.

All you'll be able to find are rehashed, soul-less covers of otherwise excellent compositions.

With rock, there's something new every day.

To quote the legendary musician Mick Jagger: 'It may only be rock 'n' roll, but I like it.'