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To Listen or Not To Listen??? That is the Question!
February 21 at 1:23 PM
I was just thinking how I love to listen to music when I am reading and started wondering if anyone else does?





Should you listen to music while studying?


You’re cramming for an exam or finishing a paper that’s due tomorrow while listening to music.

It may be more pleasant to study with the Beatles or Cozy Danger keeping you company, and plenty has been written about how listening to music stimulates different parts of the brain. But if your favorite tunes wake up your senses and make homework less odious, do they also impede your ability to learn?

They can, according to Elizabeth Axford, an online instructor in the University of Phoenix College of Humanities and Sciences. “The jury is still out on a definitive answer,” she says. “Based on everything I’ve read, it really depends on the individual. Some students can study effectively with music playing, while others are distracted by any outside stimulus.”

According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, students who studied with music playing had lower average tests scores than those who didn’t. But the institute also found that the scores varied depending on whether the student routinely played music while studying and by the type of music played.

Another, more conclusive, study by the University of Wales focused on that last detail: the effect of different types of music on a student’s concentration. Students were asked to recall a series of sounds presented in a specific order in different environments, including absolute quiet, with music they liked playing in the background and with music they didn’t like.

Although the results showed no significant difference in the test scores of students who listened to music they liked and students who heard music they didn’t enjoy, those who studied in silence scored significantly higher than students in both other groups. But the study used only music with vocals for the comparison, something Axford says can make a difference.

“Many of my students have told me that they listen to classical music while they study,” Axford says, pointing to the so-called Mozart Effect, a set of research results that asserts listening to classical music provides short-term enhancement of mental tasks — including memorization — known as “spatial-temporal reasoning.”

A USA Today story last September reported that listening to music with lyrics is an especially bad idea when studying languages, because lyrics affect the same parts of the brain that comprehend language. “You think you’re focused on your Spanish lesson,” Axford says, “but your brain is also hearing — and is distracted by — the words to the song playing in the background.”

Because study results and student preferences vary widely, Axford recommends that you take a “trial-and-error approach” to determine the best studying environment for you. “If you’re someone who excels at multitasking and does better with homework while there’s a music file playing,” she notes, “then by all means, continue. Otherwise, seek a quiet place with no distraction when you’re studying.”


Do YOU let your kids lusten to music while studying?

Replies

  • kirbymom
    February 22 at 10:34 AM
    That's great! I don't know too many k8ds that would liaten to classical music. Mine won't. Not even hubby. Bleh. lol


    Quoting irvinehiker: My DS loves to have classical music on while doing lessons.
  • irvinehiker
    February 22 at 10:41 AM
    Quoting kirbymom: That's great! I don't know too many k8ds that would liaten to classical music. Mine won't. Not even hubby. Bleh. lol


    Quoting irvinehiker: My DS loves to have classical music on while doing lessons.



    Somedays DS listens to classical musicc all day. We put Pandora on and he can identify many of the composers and sometimes the piece of music. Not a clue where he picked it up. I like classical, but I dont know much about it. :)
  • kirbymom
    February 22 at 10:58 AM
    I can not believe how many people are saying they listen to instrumental or classical music!


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    I love to listen to instrumental Jazz music while reading.  And I've noticed I remember more when I do.  But if I listen to music with good lyrics or music with a drum machine (instead of real drums) I remember less.

    For my kids, we try to decide whether it is helpful or harmful for them.  

  • kirbymom
    February 22 at 11:02 AM
    That is really amazing. Do you think he might have an ear for music?


    Quoting irvinehiker:
    Quoting kirbymom: That's great! I don't know too many k8ds that would liaten to classical music. Mine won't. Not even hubby. Bleh. lol


    Quoting irvinehiker: My DS loves to have classical music on while doing lessons.



    Somedays DS listens to classical musicc all day. We put Pandora on and he can identify many of the composers and sometimes the piece of music. Not a clue where he picked it up. I like classical, but I dont know much about it. :)
  • Leissaintexas
    February 22 at 11:18 AM
    When I'm reading a good book, I couldn't tell you if a bomb went off right next to my head. I completely shut down the rest of my senses when I read.
  • bluerooffarm
    February 22 at 11:25 AM

    Really?  I've always liked instrumental music.  My mother gave me the advice of using a wind-up music box after our story to help the kids appreciate music with no lyrics or vocalization.  She was sure that I like instrumental music because I was introduced to it very young.  The boys love instrumental music, hubby doesn't.  I don't know if she was right, but it seemed to work for my kids.  (hubby has begun to appreciate it, but he doesn't seek it out like the boys do.)

    Quoting kirbymom: I can not believe how many people are saying they listen to instrumental or classical music!


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    I love to listen to instrumental Jazz music while reading.  And I've noticed I remember more when I do.  But if I listen to music with good lyrics or music with a drum machine (instead of real drums) I remember less.

    For my kids, we try to decide whether it is helpful or harmful for them.  


  • kirbymom
    February 22 at 11:28 AM
    What did you put together, if I may ask?


    Quoting jen2150: Only if it is classical and not too much of a beat. I have a cd of classical music that geared to listen to while reading
  • redhead-bedhead
    February 22 at 11:35 AM
    I have ADD and I have found that loud rock music helps me focus.
  • kirbymom
    February 22 at 11:53 AM
    Yeah, most of the people I know just don't like it. I agree with your mom more than not though about introducing the kids to it when they are little. Sometimes though they do grow out of liking it. As in my case. lol
    Ah well.
    If that is the least of my worries then I am doing great. lol

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    Really?  I've always liked instrumental music.  My mother gave me the advice of using a wind-up music box after our story to help the kids appreciate music with no lyrics or vocalization.  She was sure that I like instrumental music because I was introduced to it very young.  The boys love instrumental music, hubby doesn't.  I don't know if she was right, but it seemed to work for my kids.  (hubby has begun to appreciate it, but he doesn't seek it out like the boys do.)

    Quoting kirbymom: I can not believe how many people are saying they listen to instrumental or classical music!


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    I love to listen to instrumental Jazz music while reading.  And I've noticed I remember more when I do.  But if I listen to music with good lyrics or music with a drum machine (instead of real drums) I remember less.

    For my kids, we try to decide whether it is helpful or harmful for them.  

  • bluerooffarm
    February 22 at 12:00 PM

    Very, very true!

    Quoting kirbymom: Yeah, most of the people I know just don't like it. I agree with your mom more than not though about introducing the kids to it when they are little. Sometimes though they do grow out of liking it. As in my case. lol
    Ah well.
    If that is the least of my worries then I am doing great. lol

    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    Really?  I've always liked instrumental music.  My mother gave me the advice of using a wind-up music box after our story to help the kids appreciate music with no lyrics or vocalization.  She was sure that I like instrumental music because I was introduced to it very young.  The boys love instrumental music, hubby doesn't.  I don't know if she was right, but it seemed to work for my kids.  (hubby has begun to appreciate it, but he doesn't seek it out like the boys do.)

    Quoting kirbymom: I can not believe how many people are saying they listen to instrumental or classical music!


    Quoting bluerooffarm:

    I love to listen to instrumental Jazz music while reading.  And I've noticed I remember more when I do.  But if I listen to music with good lyrics or music with a drum machine (instead of real drums) I remember less.

    For my kids, we try to decide whether it is helpful or harmful for them.  


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