Many students, when given the opportunity to listen to music while studying, whip out their headphones. Listening to your favorite music while doing your work can be motivating and mood elevating causing you to be more focused on your work. According to Penn State University “listening to music before studying or performing a task can be beneficial as it improves attention, memory, and even your ability to do mental math as well as helping lessen depression and anxiety.” This study is often compared to the “Mozart effect”.
The “Mozart effect” is a study that shows, while listening to Mozart’s music, one receives a short-term improvement in their capabilities. “Make sure you are listening to classical music, because not all music aids blood pressure” states the University of San Diego. Classical music is the main music for studying because of the presence of lyrics are absent. Students may prefer to listen to their own genre of choice because it may help them focus more. I interviewed some students at Harris County High School to get their view on do they listen to music while studying and what specific genre do they listen to.
Marcus E., 10th
“ Yes, I’m listening to music right now ! I don’t have a specific genre”.
Alexis W., 11th
“Yes, it helps me concentrate on what I’m reading. I generally listen to hard rock and heavy metal but i’m open to everything”.
Sydney J., 12th
“ No, because it’s a distraction”.
Anika Steed, 12th grade