Should Students be Allowed to Listen to Music during Independent Learning?

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I’m Ugo, and I love playing music. I love listening to it, learning new instruments and everything about it is just a passion to me. Never have I ever not wanted to play an instruments. I have always had a passion for music, and more and more people are starting to become passionate for music too, as music is becoming more and more accessible to people through smartphones and applications like Spotify. This raises the issue of where and when it is deemed respectful to listen to music. I believe students should be able to listen to music during independent learning, and this is why. Just looking around the class in preparation for this opening statement, I noticed that more than half the class was listening to music while preparing their own statements, even those going against my motion.

I believe that listening to music can enhance certain student’s abilities to concentrate. According to Elana Goodwin, it will help most students to concentrate if listening to music that they enjoy and listen to on a regular schedule. Danielle Flannigan from St.Viator High School states that music will help students struggling with depression and anxiety during the day. Her reasoning is about how music can make connections in the brain back to happy memories, or even to serve as a distraction from whatever is putting them down, therefore making them more able to do the work they are given. The reason I tell you this is because many people believe that music distracts, given that most people don’t listen to lyric free music like Mozart. This is only true for a few of the many students that it does help.

Many people believe that listening to music through headphones is damaging to the hearing of younger people.As much as music can be damaging if listened at high volumes, there are ways around it. The main reason why people listen to music at high volumes is because their surroundings are too for them to be able to hear their music properly at low volumes. According to the world health organization, the best way around this issue is noise cancelling headphones. These will let students listen to music at low volumes without the interference of their surroundings.Many parents complain about their children losing their hearing due to listening to music too often. This results in putting stricter rules on listening to music in schools. Now that I have explained the ways around damaging your ears, this excuse for banning music in schools is no longer of any impact.

I believe that listening to music helps students cognitive abilities such as memory and their abilities to work under pressure. A paper released by Dr. William R. Klemm, who has a Ph.D. in cognitive sciences, explains that listening to music can be beneficial to both musically trained and musically untrained students, if used during the right circumstances. The result of this study was that both types of students will benefit from listening to music during study time and prior to testing, however not during testing.This is important to know because it shows that no matter your relation to music, you will most likely benefit from listening to music at the right time.

In conclusion, I would like to add that, I, Ugo Tholome, love music and I am passionate for it. Listening to music helps me focus in class during independent learning. This is because of my passion for it. I struggle focusing on tasks that require a lot of patience and thought, so having music to remind me of the things I love helps me focus on doing things that I may not love as much.

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