Chopin & Me

Marie Rackham plays her favorite pieces by Frédéric Chopin

Have you noticed your students, your children, or yourself feeling more agitated than usual in these complicated times? Agitation is a serious and unacknowledged obstacle to learning.

There are many good habits and tools that one can employ to increase calmness within oneself and foster a better mental frame for learning. Among them, one of the most accessible and powerful is music, specifically classical music.

In recent years we've seen a number of in-depth studies on the effects of classical music on the capacity of the mind to learn. The benefits of listening to classical music while learning include reduced stress and tension, accelerated learning, greater retention of material learned, higher performance on tests, lower blood pressure, and even increased IQ scores.

Music enhances learning
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Deep in the brain there is a band of white fibers called the corpus callosum. Researchers have discovered that the corpus callosum increases in size when humans are exposed to quiet, classical music. This increase in size increases the communication between the two hemispheres of the brain which, in turn, increases learning efficiency.

Chopin & Me is a compilation of my favorite Chopin piano compositions. It has been said that Chopin was a master composer for the piano. Because he intuited and understood the vast capabilities of the piano, his piano compositions are masterpieces. For this reason, Chopin is one of the few composers whose piano works do not easily translate to other instruments or instrumental groups.


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Who This Music is For


Chopin & Me has been carefully assembled and arranged so that even students without any background in classical music can enjoy and benefit from the music.

Families learning at home, independent learners who wish to increase their memory and powers of concentration, and teachers interested in helping to cultivate calm in the classroom have all benefited from Marie's nuanced and powerful interpretations of these memorable pieces of classical piano music.

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Complete Playlist


Track Composer Piece Length
1 Chopin Etude Opus 10 #1 2:12
2 Chopin Etude Opus 10 #3 4:22
3 Chopin Etude Opus 10 #12 2:21
4 Chopin Etude Opus 25 #1 2:26
5 Chopin Etude Opus 25 #11 3:30
6 Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu Opus 66 4:35
7 Chopin Grande Valse Brilliante Opus 18 5:04
8 Chopin Mazurka Opus 7 #1 1:54
9 Chopin Mazurka Opus 7 #2 2:21
10 Chopin Mazurka Opus 68 #2 2:08
11 Chopin Nocturne Opus 9 #2 3:20
12 Chopin Nocturne Opus 32 #2 4:47
13 Chopin Polonaise Opus 40 #1 4:54
14 Chopin Polonaise Opus 53 5:40
15 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #3 1:00
16 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #4 1:44
17 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #6 1:33
18 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #7 0:43
19 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #15 4:58
20 Chopin Prelude Opus 28 #20 0:57
21 Chopin Valse Opus 64 #1 1:49
22 Chopin Valse Opus 64 #2 3:03
23 Chopin Valse Opus 69 #1 3:33
24 Chopin Valse Posthumous 2:33



In order to support students and families in these unusual times we're working to keep our rates as affordable as possible.

Chopin & Me: $16 $10 USD

Immediate access to all 24 downloadable mp3 files for an individual or a family.