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How Does Music Help Students Focus?

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Photo by Sophia Kothe
Maddy Donlon picks a playlist to listen to while focusing on her work.

When people look around at school, most students are usually listening to music with their earbuds or headphones. Some teachers don’t like when students listen to music, but how could listening to music be beneficial during class?
Most students would agree that listening to music helps them focus during the school day. Some students like to listen to all kinds of genres, from Rap to even Jazz, in order to keep them motivated during school. Some teachers see this as a distraction, but in some cases, it isn’t what it may seem. The New York Post released a survey reporting on this:
“80% of those who listen to music while studying agree that it’s therapeutic, and 75% said it helps them absorb information.”
This is true for most students at Mission Hills. Although some people are different and find that music can be distracting, the students who benefit from music could have an increased GPA and work motivation due to its attention-improving effects.
In an interview with freshman Kaiya Barris, she was asked how listening to music helps her focus.
“It helps me block out all other distractions around me,” said Barris.
Not only can music block out distractions, it can also provide students with motivation.
“It just makes me have the motivation to do whatever I need to do,” said junior Maddy Donlon.
While students think listening to music is helpful, it can be a distraction if they let it become one. In an interview with Payton Aleksandrian, a freshman, she was asked how music can distract students from completing their work, staying on task, and learning the material, and she provided a more unique take compared to previous students.
“They can play music really loud to the point where they don’t hear the teacher and don’t pay attention in class. They can focus on their music more than the work and choose to not do the work or cheat,” said Aleksandrian.
Listening to music can be positive if it’s used the right way. Many agree that there has to be some sort of self-control and knowing that there is a time and a place. It might be beneficial if students could work on being more responsible with listening to music, and many students may say that teachers should be more open and lenient with letting students listen to music while doing their work.

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Sophia Kothe, Staff Writer
(She/Her) Sophia Kothe is a freshman at Mission Hills, and this is her first year on the Silvertip staff. She likes to play guitar and write music. She wanted to join journalism because she wanted to take a class that allowed her to be creative and to get better at writing.