What Effects Does Music Have on Students?

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Oct 8, 2013
by: madesokan

The Senior Project topic I’m interested in is music and the effects it can have on students.

I’m personally interested in music as a topic because two years ago my friend Jose introduced me to classical music. He said “It calms my nerves and allows me to focus during stressful times.” Those words really peaked my interests in the effects music can have on students and in classical music itself. I had problems focusing and calming down in stressful times and in class also so that lead me to want to research this topic.

Some information I found in the pre-research process was that classical music has had proven psychological effects on it’s listeners, some of the effects are the improvement of memory, the ability to control pain, boost the IQ, etc. This find only made me want to research this topic even more and explore information about how certain types of music can boost your IQ. That was just more incentive to research this for the knowledge and not just because I love music.

I believe this is an issue of unfairness because many students are denied the right to listen to music during school. Student like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown out distracting background noise such as other students conversations. I’m not saying students should be allowed to listen to music when the teacher is giving lectures or directions, but at times where they are doing work that is assigned to them quietly when there music can’t distract themselves or others around them. I believe not allowing student to listen to music at all during time where it won’t have a negative effect on their learning is unfair and they should be allowed to listen to the music of their choice at the appropriate times as long as the music can’t be heard by others and isn’t a total distraction to the student.

People should care about this topic because in school (at least in Oakland) almost all forms of art have been removed from the curriculum and are not available to students. Music is one of the only forms of art expression left in school and the use of electronics is prohibited in my school, so we no means to listen to music and very few forms of expression. I feel school should be a place where a child should come to learn and also do/listen the things they enjoy ,not a place that they dread coming to every morning because they are not allowed to express themselves or make the place they don’t want to come to a bit more tolerable.

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Submitted by harrkels on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:10.

Dear Madesokan

I am very curious by this article because it sounds very interesting. When I read it it made sense to me because music helps me concentrate. It was interesting to no that music can help you in that way. I wonder if it is used in some careers for calming down people and helping people concentrate.

One sentience you wrote stands out to me was " Some information I found in the pre-research process was that classical music has had proven psychological effects on it’s listeners, some of the effects are the improvement of memory, the ability to control pain, boost the IQ, etc." I think this is interesting because it is something I have never herd before and it is cool that it does all those things for you.

Another sentence that stood out to me was " Student like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown out distracting background noise such as other students conversations." This sentence I very true because it probably does help a lot of students concentrate and block out background noises. I agree that students should be allowed to listen to music if it is not a distraction to others.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. During test I get really nerves even if I no I no what the test is on and I am prepared. I get really nerves and my hand starts to shake because I don't want to put down the wrong answer. I think music would help me calm down and just concentrate.

Thanks for writing I hope you right agin soon. I look forward to seeing your next post because you right about very interesting topics. What will bring me back is more topics like this one.

I'm sure there are others who

Submitted by mo_marti_ on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:28.

I'm sure there are others who are curious about this topic as well. Have you thought about looking up any experiments done that can support the theory of music affecting the type of person the listener becomes? Hopefully this psychological study has been done because I'm interested in the results.

Good job. I really enjoyed

Submitted by mo_marti_ on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:33.

Good job. I really enjoyed this post!

The impact of music on children

Submitted by MarkyB on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:33.

I enjoyed reading your article because I've played classical piano since I was very young often participating in competitions such as Guild and Federation. It got to be too much to handle when I reached high school so I had to stop, but I still play from time to time. Lately I've focused on modern music and stuff that I may hear on the radio, hoping to reproduce what I hear through my stereo. This, coupled with your article lead me to the following site:

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/5/1488.full

I thought you might be interested too. Loved the article! Hopefully you'll get the opportunity to study more things that captivate your interests in college that aren't offered in most high schools!

Madi Gallo Response

Submitted by madigallo on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:50.

It's very interesting that you chose this topic. I am doing a similar research project myself and chose the same topic, "How does music effect a persons ability to perform well in academics?" Your friend is very insightful because he is aware that listening to music has been proven to help kids both express themselves, and perform better in an academic setting and/or improve his/her IQ or test scores. I used to play piano and my grandpa always used to tell me that musical instruments help with academic performance because it uses the spatial-temporal skills of the brain, which help children visualize various elements that should otherwise go together like in a math problem.

You're absolutely right about musical instruments/music helping improve a persons IQ. In an article titled, "The Benefits of Musical Education," it says that music helps with language development, increased IQ, spatial-temporal skills, and improved test scores. "A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts."

I agree with you that it is unfair that students are denied the right to listen to music while doing work. I myself am very fond of listening to music and focus better when music is playing. For example, when I do my homework, I have a set playlist that I listen to that helps me concentrate on my schoolwork. I think that it would be reasonable for teachers to allow students to listen to music that helps them concentrate. I am also going to play devils advocate and argue that some students might take advantage of this privilege and abuse it. They might listen to it too loud, distracting those around them. Or they may try to listen to it during a lecture. They also may listen to inappropriate music that does not help them concentrate. Another major issue with this would be trying to monitor whether or not a student is listening to music or watching something. The devices of music vary from a small ipod shuffle to an ipod on the iphone. It would be hard for teachers to monitor all students with the different devices, trying to distinguish whether or not a student may actually be listening to music, or texting. Overall however, I am strongly advocating that students should be allowed to listen to music while working on assignments, especially if the school has dropped all musical programs such as yours.

I hope this helps, good luck on your research!

Check out this site:
http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-ed...

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Submitted by clauanna on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:05.

Dear madesoan,
I am very impressed by your post "Music And The Effects it can Have on students because I totally agree with you because a lot of times during school like in a study hall or just a work time it's nice to listen to music so you don't get distracted by other things.

One sentence that stands out for me is, "I believe this is an issue of unfairness because many students are denied the right to listen to music during school." I think this is good because students shouldn't have to sit in a quiet room or have to hear other students talk.

Another sentence that I thought was good is "Some information I found in the pre-research process was that classical music has had proven psychological effects on it’s listeners, some of the effects are the improvement of memory, the ability to control pain, boost the IQ, etc." I thought it was very interesting because I did not know what classical music had that meany effects on people.

Your post reminds me of something that happened one time when a teacher last year told us that we couldn't listen to music at work time.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you are an amazing writer and this was a very encouraging post to let teachers let us listen to music.

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Submitted by greeeva on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:04.

Dear Madesokan,

I am very intrigued by your article "Music and the effects it can have on students,"because there are not a lot of articles about music.Instead we focus on sad stuff like wars, for example.I listen to classical music while studying.

Another sentence you wrote that stands out to me was " Some information I found in the pre-research process was that classical music has had proven psychological effects on it’s listeners, some of the effects are the improvement of memory, the ability to control pain, boost the IQ, etc." I didn't know that it could do that.Music can do some wonderful things.

Another sentence that stood out for me was "I feel school should be a place where a child should come to learn and also do/listen the things they enjoy ,not a place that they dread coming to every morning because they are not allowed to express themselves or make the place they don’t want to come to a bit more tolerable."I agree with you.School should be a place kids can express themselves.It's hard to imagine being in a school like that considering I am in Show Choir and Musical at my school.

Your Article reminds me of my life because every day I have at least art class or choir.At my school expressing yourself is encouraged.I hope your school will once again have more artistic classes.

Thanks for your writing,I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a interesting perspective of the world.I like your unique perspective.

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Submitted by riensoph on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:03.

Dear Malik

I am loving your post about "Music and the Effects it can have on Students", because I am one who really enjoys music and it would be nice to listen to music during work time. I have also heard that listening to music or playing an instrument can help you in school. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is "Almost all forms of art have been removed from the curriculum and are not available to students." I think this is crazy because where I live, here in Green Bay we have art class and music classes, so we are very fortunate. I can't imagine what it's like to not have those classes offered. Another sentence that I thought about was "I feel school should be a place where a child should come to learn and also do/listen to the things they enjoy, not a place that they dread coming to every morning because they are not allowed to express themselves or make the place they don't want to come to a bit more tolerable." This stood out for me because I think kids should be able to enjoy school. Instead of dreading school and not wanting to leave every morning school should be a place kids enjoy. We are after all required to go. I do strongly agree with you that students should be able to listen to music during the school day while working. One reason I say this is because some kids focus and concentrate better while listening to music. Another reason I agree with you is because I think kids would be a lot happier to do their school work. Thank you so much for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you gave me something that I enjoyed reading. Also it was about something that I can easily connect too. The things that will bring me back to your future posts is that you took a matter that you believe in and you have some facts about it. You also put your opinion of the matter in.

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Submitted by knapkayl on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:13.

Dear Madesokan,
I was enjoyed by your article, "Music and the effects it has on students" Because, I love music a lot and I found it interesting how it can affect students in learning aspects in class. Also how listening to music compared to taking a music class the difference it is and that there both music, plus how it helps students.

One sentance that stood out to me was "Students, like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown out distracting background noises such as the other students conversations." This interested me because I also prefer to listen to music rather than a dead awkward silence or other students talking to one another. Another reason is because when music is on, I realized how me and other students in class focus more on their work instead of being off task all class.

Another sentence I liked is "I believe this is an issue of unfairness because many students are denied the right to listen to music during school." I liked this sentence because I agree with this statement, I think students should be able to listen to music to focus on work and stay on task on their work. Also if students concentrate on work more, grades and the students effort will go up.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me.
One time last year in science my teacher put on some music and I was more focused into my work and got it done more quickly, plus I got more answers correct than usual. it really helped me think and get it done more efficiently. Music really helped me improve in my school and home work a lot.

Thanks for writing. I loom forward to see what you right next because this post you wrote about music reminded me of how music helps me through getting my work done and how it helps me out. Also you brought up some great points why students should be able to listen to music to improve in their school work.

Dear Madesokan,            

Submitted by Darby on Fri, 2013-10-11 09:29.

Dear
Madesokan,

            I’m very interested in what you
would have to say on the topic of music in schools. I love almost all kinds of
music and I agree with your friend about music helping me concentrate.
Something you said that stood out to me was “Students
like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown
out distracting background noise such as other students’ conversations.” I
completely agree with this statement because it applies to me. I cannot do
anything if I can’t concentrate, and being in a loud classroom with students
talking all around me isn’t at all helping me get my work done. Listening to music
in class helps me to drown out all of the unnecessary noise and distractions
and lets me concentrate on my work.

            Thank you for writing. I’d really like seeing what your project
will have to say about this because it is a topic that hits home for me and I am
very interested in covering a similar topic for my own senior project.

 

General disscutiion.

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Submitted by rosealli on Tue, 2013-10-22 10:12.

Dear Malik:

I am interested by your letter, "Music and the effects it can have on students," because I feel that students should be able to listen to music while working. The reason I think this is I also feel that listening to music will calm my nerves and allows me to focus during stressful times.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "I believe this is an issue of unfairness because many students are denied the right to listen to music during school. " I also think this is unfair because I think that music helps me through tough times and teachers should allow students to listen to music but only if they have all their late work done and their grades are acceptable.

Another sentence that I understood was: "Student like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown out distracting background noise such as other students conversations. " This stood out for me because as a student I like to listen to music while I working on homework so that I don't get distracted by their conversations.

I don't exactly agree with you that students should be allowed to listen to music whenever they want to. One reason I say this is because they might feel the need that they are allowed to listen to music at inappropriate times. Another reason I disagree with you is some students could pretend that they are working and be listening to music.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I like to listen to music and not all teachers at my school allow students to listen to music. If you have any ideas that would prove to the teachers that you have the right to listen to music while working I would like to hear more about it.

Dear Malik, Thanks for the

Submitted by sgalvan on Sun, 2013-10-13 22:00.

Dear Malik,
Thanks for the insightful post you have it seem that you are very interested in studying music and how does it affect students in general from learning. This is also intriguing issue because you also trying to find out what are some side effects that being impacted for those students who listen to music and how it’s the only option to ease the pain . Consider now that music is a powerful source of relaxation.

What interest me about your topic is from what you research you find out that music can boost IQ. I was surprised to this idea because music not only making you relax but also making you smart!!? I always thought that music is a distraction from learning and wouldn’t able to help you focus. But I guess I would also say that it depends to students how they view music while learning.

Another thing that caught my attention was the fact that you brought up the unfairness of students who being denied to listen to music during the class hour. My opinion to this is true the students is being denied to this kind of situation because there are other times that they are given the opportunity but they abuse it. I would say that why do you think this shows unfairness if in the first place students are the one who starting to take advantage and putting in a bad ways?

Over all this was a interesting topic you elaborate with details on what you want to know about the music effects on students and you also say at the end of your posting on how the curriculum like arts is being removed and music is the only way where can students express their own thoughts and desire. It would be great if you also talk about why this is important? Or why is it important to have an elective music? If having an elective class such as music do you think it will help more students to help focus or deal their problems? Also talk about what are the most types of genre music are most likely students listen to get focus?

Classical music calms dog

Submitted by Maddydob on Tue, 2013-10-29 15:07.

Look at this article, dogs are calmed by classical music as well! Nice post!

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21788494/classical-music-calms-dogs-csu-res...

NICE!

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Submitted by wcisneros on Tue, 2013-10-29 15:17.

Dear Malik,
Your article is very interesting. I feel the same way about classical music. Although I don't listen to it much, it's great when I'm in the mood. It makes me feel better and can be very motivating. I've seen studies that listening to classical music can improve test taking and homework scores. Keep up the good work.

I agree with your argument

Submitted by NMMarron on Fri, 2013-11-15 12:36.

I agree with your argument that music helps when you are upset or stressed out. I listen to more upbeat music because it gives me more energy and improves my mood. I also agree that kids should be allowed to express themselves more at school and be able to use devices, but at appropriate times.

Music and its effects on students

Submitted by Kamekazee on Fri, 2013-11-15 12:37.

Malik, I feel like you and I are very much alike! I also love all kinds of music (and all I do when I get home is watch anime, name an anime, I've seen it). I am thinking of going to school for music, and it's probably what I want to do with my life. I did a research project on this exact question, and I found that listening to music actually does help people study better! It shuts off all background distraction, and it allows you to focus on your own work. I'm so sorry your school doesn't advertise the use of technology - my school is the opposite, and I've found that it has really helped my learning experience.
I have played piano since I was 8 years old, and I was in a choir for 5 years. I love playing guitar, bass, and drums - music is my life.
I do believe music is helpful to students, and teenagers should be allowed to express themselves during school more. I think it will harbor and foster creative potential in students.
Your writing is very well put together, and I look forward to hearing you write more.

Interesting

Submitted by Maddydob on Fri, 2013-11-15 13:58.

http://www.schoolmusictoday.com/advocacy/studentdevelopment.html
You should look at that article, it's all about the effect of music in a students brain development. I personally can't listen to music when I study or do my homework but a lot of people it helps them get their work done. Great post!

Further on the effects music has on the performance of a student

Submitted by madigallo on Fri, 2013-11-15 16:05.

The average score on the 2012 SAT exam of students who participate in music scored an overall 31 points higher on the test than those who are not involved in any music program. Research shows that there is a strong correlation between those who participated in the school arts programs and their grade point average, and testing scores. Researchers assigned 144 students to participate in voice lessons, piano lessons, drama lessons, or no lessons. Research found that those who participated in music lessons, scored higher overall in the IQ test verses the students who participated in the drama lessons or no lessons. A data analysis from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 showed a significant correlation between those who participated in music and their ability to perform well in math and english.

I am extremely excited by

Submitted by Carla Truttman on Thu, 2013-11-21 15:59.

I am extremely excited by your post "What effects does music have on students?" because as a teacher I have advocated for the value of students listening to music for many years.  Our district also forbids electronics on campus, but I totally disagree with this mandate.

One sentence that you wrote that really stands out for me is: "music is one of the only forms of art expression left in schools." I thinks this is an effective argument because often times teachers and/or other adults don't remember that music is actually art.  

I also really like your sentence where you state "school should be a place where a child should come to learn and also do/listen the things they enjoy." I think teachers often forget that we're supposed to be there for kids. We should want the place to be welcoming and inviting to the students that we serve.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing  what you write next, because clearly you are serious about the research you are doing and I might be able to use your arguments to help me facilitate change at my school.

 

Listening to Music in School

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Submitted by 18alamgirr on Thu, 2013-12-12 12:30.

Dear Madesokan,

I like your post about how music can benefit with your learning. My schools allows us to listen to music while doing classwork, but not during lessons or lectures. We have to bring our own earphones though. The music drowns out the background noise thus letting us concentrate only on the work.

Music is a way to calm yourself down during stress. In fact, the only time when all the parts of your brain function at once is when you listen to music. This can help while taking a test, but since nowadays devices that hold music also hold access to cheating, it's been prohibited from many places, not all.

Music also lets you complete your work faster and more efficiently than ever without. Many people don't realize this. Listening to music while doing homework allows us to get it done since we're so concentrated.

The power of music is limitless and beneficial. However, many people around the world overlook this and go their own hard way when music can make it better for them.

ET

What're your plans for the future?

Submitted by MarkyB on Wed, 2013-12-18 15:40.

I see you're very interested in music! That's great because I too have an interest in music whether it be classic rock, rap, or classical stuff played on the piano. I played the piano for a long time when I was young, but I had to give it up when I got to high school because other things got in the way. I just wanted to write this post to ask you what your plans are or would be if music was offered in schools? Have musical ability can certainly take you far in this world because it is a talent that few have. I like your research topic so far! Keep working hard.

Music

Submitted by madigallo on Wed, 2013-12-18 16:10.

According to a Kaiser Family Poll, 53 percent of students do something else while studying whether it be music, instant messaging people on social networking sites etc. A University or Toronto study found that fast, loud music hinders a students ability to comprehend reading. The music distracts the reader rather than helps focus. A University of College London study found that both introverted and extroverted undergraduate students performed worse on a reading comprehension test when pop music was playing. However, not all music is distracting for students. It is proven that soothing music such as classical music can help a student focus better. One British study said that listening to Mozart for ten minutes produced a "Mozart Effect" with the IQ of the test takers went up eight to ten points. A psychologist proposed a method of playing Baroque era music playing at a rate of 60 beats per minute to help students learn a foreign language. After the thrity day course, the average retention rate of a student was 92 percent.

Good Work

Submitted by s.ramos2049 on Wed, 2014-03-19 11:45.

Dear Malik :

I am impressed by your post, “What Effects Does Music Have on Students?," because music does have a big effect on students because kids love listening to music all the time and it makes them feel a different way that is more energetic. I am also inspired because teachers should allow students to listen to music while working on a task.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: "I believe this is an issue of unfairness because many students are denied the right to listen to music during school. " I think this is agreeable because it is unfair that students are denied to listen to music during school but students should be allowed. Therefore, students should listen to music during school because it helps them concentrate more and music puts kids in a better mood.

Another sentence that I enjoyed was: "Students like myself actually prefer to listen to music to concentrate on work and drown out distracting background noise such as other students conversations." This stood out for me because I love listening to music, it helps me concentrate on task I do such as homework and it relaxes me. Also, I enjoy this sentence because when you listen to music you’re in another world that is more peaceful.

Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time when I was doing my homework when I got home from school I couldn't concentrate because of loud noises from my siblings. So since I couldn't concentrate I decided to listen to music and work on my homework. When I listen to music for me it’s very relaxing and I love it.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your thoughts about music are very interesting because of the research you gather and your personal thoughts. Furthermore, your writing is very enjoyable and it’s something I enjoyed reading because of the topic. Also, the topics you choose to write about are fascinating and topics that grab teen’s attention.