There has been a lot of controversy about whether students should listen to music while they study. Some believe that it is detrimental to learning, and others believe that it helps students learn and memorize better. While looking at the studies that have been done I have found good things and bad things about listening to music while studying. Some of the good things is that music is soothing and relaxing, so it helps with relieving stress and anxiety while studying. Also, background music may improve the focus on a task because it is providing a mood and motivation for long time study sessions, aiding endurance. Also, students have found that it helps with memorization because it creates a positive mood and indirectly increases the memory formation

Listening to music can also help with reducing test anxiety. Anxiety can become a blocker for students and work. There has been studied at Cambridge University that says that listening to hip-hop music if they are under a lot of stress and anxiety will help. This is because hip-hop provides an uplifting effect on listeners and help them to accept their challenge and deal/ manage their workload better, and it also helps with the mental health issues that might occur while studying too. Music is found to help people that are under a high amount of pressure to perform better as well. There was also a study done at Stanford that listening to music also helps to focus, and found that musical composers from the 1800s engages with areas of the brain that are involved with paying attention. So, the music choice is also influential in the brain process as well

I listen to music while I study all of the time, and I believe that it really helps me to focus and helps me to memorize things better as well. I personally believe that music is helpful for me to learn and is not a distraction/ detriment to my learning. Listening to music is also not helpful for everyone as well, and can just become a distraction the whole time while they are trying to learn as well. Sometimes music is not the answer for everyone, but it is very helpful for the people that like to listen to music while they are learning. 

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8 Comments
  1. Alexander 4 days ago

    Carter,

    I agree with you. I am a person who needs to listen to music while I do homework. Otherwise I lose interest and struggle focusing. That said I believe the “is music beneficial” argument is subjective, and it varies person to person. It appears you agree when you stated, “Listening to music is also not helpful for everyone as well, and can just become a distraction the whole time while they are trying to learn as well.” I for one really benefit from listening to music. However I also know many people who cannot listen to music as it distracts them. Thank you for your post as I feel your input on the subject is rather interesting. I look forward to seeing more posts from you.

    -Alexander Nuntapreda

  2. Joshua 6 days ago

    Hey Carter,

    I really liked this post and it helped me get ideas for studying. I personally have been behind on homework and I notice that it’s a lot easier to do with music.

    I don’t think it’s a distraction, it helps us memorize!

    Thank you for your post.

  3. Gracie 6 days ago

    Dear Carter,
    I really loved your post about is music good or bad while you study. I agree with you I personally enjoy music while I study because it can block out background noise. I thought the way you presented the information was fantastic, here is an Article that supports both sides.

    Yours,
    Gracie

  4. Erick Reyes 2 weeks ago

    Dear Carter, I really liked this article and it caught my attention because I myself have this problem, and am listening to hip hop music while reading this article. One sentence that really stood out to me is “I personally believe that music is helpful for me to learn and is not a distraction/ detriment to my learning”. This sentence stood out to me because music also doesn’t distract me as well. I really liked this article and I hope to read more from you in the future.

  5. Mia 2 weeks ago

    I don’t see the problem with it if the kid wants to listen to music then you should let them if they get a grade worse than usual then that kid probably doesn’t work well with it but if they get a better grade then it most likely helps. But i’d let them multiple times to see if it’s a correct observation. Some will say that “kids seem to watch YouTube videos when they are supposed to be working” well i say it honestly depends on the kid I know exactly how it feels to get distracted by that but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be allowed.

  6. Dawry 3 weeks ago

    Dear carter:

    i am impressive with your post ” is music good or bad while you study” because is fun to listen to music but is not good when you are study because people get distracted and don’t do the work in class.

    thanks for your writing. i look forward to seeing what you write next thanks.

  7. Giselle 3 weeks ago

    Dear Carter:
    I am liking what you said in your post “Is Music Good or Bad While You Study?” because I agree that listening to music can help to focus more and be more relaxed.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “Listening to music can also help with reducing test anxiety.” I think teachers should allow students to listen to music during tests because it can maybe help with people getting better grades.

    Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your post is very informational.

  8. Rolando 3 weeks ago

    Dear Carter:

    I am impressive with your post, ” Is Music Good or Bad While You Study? ” because I think that when you are doing your homework or studying you are more focused in what you need to do.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “it helps students learn and memorize better” I think this is good because if you can memorize the things better, do it.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your post is very helpful to me so I want to see more of your fascinant post again.

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