Story last updated at 1/30/2013 - 2:11 pm
Did you know music makes the brain learn better? Specific musical structures stimulate specialized brain circuits permitting students to convert complicated ideas more easily. Did you know music helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence? When he couldn't find the right words for a specific part, he would play his violin. Music helped him get the words from his head onto paper. The same effect works on students. Students should be allowed to listen to music in school and during class.
Music is relaxing. According to the article "Music and Learning" on thelearningweb.net website, "Music relaxes the mind and lowers stress levels that inhibit learning. When used effectively, it increases alpha levels in the brain, boosting memory and recall and allowing the brain to access reserve capacities." This is also why students memorize songs easier than most everything else. Also, in the article, "Music and the Brain," on the website cerebromente.org, it says, " One simple way students can improve test scores is by listening to certain types of music such as 'Mozart's Sonata for two Pianos in D Major.' 'This type of music releases neurons in the brain which help the body to relax."
Furthermore I interviewed a few people about this topic. Heavyn Stears said whenever she has a test, the night before when she is studying she listens to music because it helps her memorize the test answers. Ms. Jennifer Ellingson, a teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School says, "Music is the best thing ever created. (Better than the wheel.) Music can be relaxing, because it helps you forget about things that are stressful and help you to focus."
Music helps improve a student's work habits. Sara Lee, a student in my Language Arts class says, "When I listen to music, it help me focus like when you chew gum." When a student is focusing, it improves the student's work habit. The article "Listening to Music Helps Students Be more Productive in the Classroom" at teachersatrisk.com website claims, "Listening to music helps improve productivity. Why? One reason is because music acts like white noise in the background, preventing students from noticing every other little noise that usually distracts them. Some kids can't tune out things like a pencil dropping or someone asking a question. Their brain takes everything in; consequently, they are often distracted and off task in the classroom." I can relate to this because I have ADHD and ADD, but I don't take medicine for it. Music is like a medicine to my ADHD and ADD, it calms me down and helps me focus, and it helps me stay on task.
Music helps students learn easier and better. In the article "Music and Learning" from the learningweb.net website, Dr. Jeanette Vos says, "Music acts directly on the body, specifically on metabolism and heartbeat. Listening to certain types of music can trigger the release of endorphins, producing a tranquil state that leads to faster learning...Music stimulates and awakens, reviving bored or sleepy learners and increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain... Music inspires emotion, creating a clear passage to long-term memory."
Furthermore, students enjoy listening to music, and listening to music helps students learn better. Listening to music during school will make students like going to school. My fourth grade teacher would play music while we were working, because from her experience music actually helps the student learn easier.
Admittedly, one cannot deny that listening to music in class can lead to misuse of the privilege and technology, causing the teacher to take away that privilege. One of the main cons to listening to music during class can turn into a distraction. Another precaution brings up safety measures; perhaps your teacher is warning you that there is a fire in the building. If you are listening to music, you can't hear the teacher, so you end up dying and burning in the fire because you couldn't hear you teacher's warning.
Even though there are some terrible things about listening to music during class, listening to music during class with guidelines can be a productive idea. Music helps improve students work habits. Also, music relaxes students while working. This method is even proven to drown out all other noise, helping the student focus on their work. I believe every student should be given that chance of being able to learn better, even if that means listening to music.