What with your Music?

Back to Article
Back to Article

What with your Music?

Emily, Staff reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.

Email This Story

Music has been involved with people’s lives for years and still help in many ways. Music is a key part of how people work through school and produce some of the best work. This happens by the long term memory strengthen, help with focusing on important parts, and overall less anxiety in the students life. But more teachers are saying that music it ruining the education of the student and can’t focus on the work been given to them.

In the progressive era is when the realization that music could be used as a tool to promote social reform within the poorer classes (and could thereby be used to ameliorate the economic status of the country as a whole), the purpose of music became transformed. Instead of its original purpose as a representation of elite’s priority and a form of their entertainment, music became a tool for promoting social, political, and economic reform, and as such, reflected the ideologies behind the turn of the century’s Progressive movement.


This caused A new-found emphasis on musical education arose upon the “common schooling” era, where offerings of music activity, like “listening lessons, instrumental performing groups, musical history, and theory – began to appear in isolated places near the turn of the century. These offerings were extracurricular at first, but later evolved into curricular subjects” (Mark, 256). This change reflected a shift in the discourse and the overall perception of the purpose of education within American society.  Not only did this shift reflect a greater appreciation for artistic ability on a vocational level, but also mirrored the notion that “democracy depended on universal [and one standard level of] education” (Marks, 141) for all children.


Music Affects the Brain

Music is magical, it’s true, but it’s not all smoke and mirrors. Behind the mystical healing powers of music are scientific reasons for why it holds such an influence over our minds. Music is really a combination of many different elements, such as pitch, tempo, and dynamics. How fast, slow, or loud the music, the differently it impacts our brains. When these elements work in combination, we see dramatic changes in physiology and behavior. The effects of music have been documented by scientists for years, and despite its mysteries, one thing is certain: listening to music activates our entire brains, creating the potential for us to use music to improve the way we think, behave, and feel.

Better Memory


Students that receive music instruction have better memory recall, which helps in academic areas such as test scores. A 2007 study by Christopher Johnson showed that regardless of socioeconomic levels, schools that had successful music programs outperformed schools with low-quality music programs or no programs, with 22 percent higher scores in English and 20 percent higher scores in math. A 1997 study by Phi Delta Kappan showed that math test scores increased proportional to the amount of time spent in arts education.

So when listening to music helps the brain and work during school. Just remember when teachers say no put it away, it is good to take breaks from music as well.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email