Music or no Music?

Stephen E. Lucas, the author of the twelfth edition of The Art of Public Speaking says hearing is the vibration of sound waves on the eardrums and the firing of electrochemical impulses in the brain. As a student, listening to music while studying can help you to study better. To better understand music and the brain, we first need to know that our brain respond differently to different types of music said Belle Beth Cooper, a freelance writer and co-founder of Exist. In addition, our emotions are mixed in while listening to music too, but we will stay focus on the impact of music and our brains. There are many reasons why listening to music while studying is better than not listening to music.

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Listening to music is better than not listening to music while studying and can increase creativity along the line, “moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity,” (Cooper). There are certain types of music that helps with studying and there are others that distracts us from studying like comparing classical music to hip hop music or comparing slow beat music to fast beat music.

From AMTA (American Music Therapy Association), music does not only help with increasing creativity but can help with many other health factors like promoting wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, enhancing memory, and promoting physical rehabilitation. Music helps you isolate the noises around you or any other distractions which helps you concentrate better.

Although some critics say it is better for students to studying while it is quiet. Sheela Doraiswamy, a Health Behavior and Health Education MPH student, said, “whether students enjoyed the music or not, having it on while they worked was just as distracting as hearing someone talk.” Some students may prefer quietness while studying because it helps them to stay focus more on what they are doing instead of listening to music and studying.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A famous study with music and the brain is the “Mozart Effect” where individual were given the piece to listen to and were asked to cut and fold paper. As a result, the individuals performed better than when listening to something else.

It may be true that music can also distract students from studying but depending on the type of music they are listening to, music can improve and help with so much more. There are many types of music that depending on which type you listen to, it effects the way you respond. Going back to how the brain responds to different types of music, example we can see is if you are listening to your favorite song and you know all the lyrics, you are more likely to get distracted and drawn into the music. In a Stanford research, the researchers used music to study the brain’s attempt to organize information. The outcomes was that musical techniques help the brain to organize incoming informations.

As we can see there are many reasons why listening to music is good while studying. But at the end of it all, I think it depends on the person. Everyone is different and prefers different things. Most children today listen to music while studying in a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows 87% of teens ages 12–17 listen to music.

Work Cited

Cooper, Belle Beth. “The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains.” Fast Company. FC, 06 Dec. 2013. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.


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