Music shown to help students while learning

Makayla Mais, Editor-In-Chief

   In classrooms, a big debate through teachers and students arises saying that music cannot help students learn. Most teachers don’t allow electronics, other than the laptops provided in their classrooms, which can be detrimental to many students. Students who do choose to listen to music do so to cancel out any extra noise and concentrate.

  “I listen to music because it helps me focus,” sophomore Kyra Kleihauer said.

  “It helps me because it keeps out other noise and distractions,” junior Tommy Reffett said.

  “It helps me because instead of having stress it calms me down,” freshman Autumn Long said.

  According to “Does music help you focus? Yes, but only if you like the music published by Tech Times,” music that is preferred helps maintain focus on thoughts. A part of the brain that is tied to what’s going on around the individual and their “self-referential” thoughts is connected to listening to preferred music. Music has also been proven to enhance the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients says “Boost Memory and Learning with Music” by CBSnews.com.

  “We leave the decision to teachers about if they allow music in classes,” principal Randy Luebbert said.

  Health teacher Justine Howell allows students to listen to music in her classroom while working.

  “Some students work better while listening to music,” Howell said. “They don’t get distracted and can focus on their work.”

  Spanish teacher Donna Crouch feels that students should not listen to music until their work is done.

  “Since students in my classroom learn a foreign language, they need to listen to that language to focus and concentrate on their homework,” Crouch said.

  Band director Ben Johnson feels students should be allowed to listen to music while in class.

  “There have been multiple studies that proves music helps because it simultaneously uses the left and the right side of the brain,” Johnson said, “People have also been put into isolation rooms and listened to many different genres, and those people did better in multiple different activities.”