• Music acts as a distracting background noise and will normally distract someone. However, calmer music such as classical, can be played while studying and may help you. The reason for this, is that there are so many distractions in the world, that the distraction provided by classical music is less than the distractions that normally surround us while studying. (A chair moving for example) I hope this answers your question. As a general rule its best to lay of the rock music until after you are done studying. P.S. The above is not an opinion, but has been proven through scientific studies.
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  • I find music to be less distracting when there are no words for you to comprehend. Songs that I know well and have listened to many times are also less distracting to me than new songs would be. ***Take note that these are just my personal experiences***( but I have talked to others and they agree with me about the above statements)
  • I think it really depends on the individual and how easily they are distracted by anything, including music. I know some people that have an extremely difficult time focusing, so music whilst working is out of the question. Classical music is an excellent choice as so many other answers have stated. For somebody who is easily able to focus, it is likely that listening to music will not distract them too much or at all. I had a teacher in high school who was a big Enya fan. She played Enya everytime we had an exam. Personally, I thoroughly dislike Enya's music. I am in the easily able to focus and block out distractions category. Enya was too much for me to take and because I disliked it so much, that distracted me because it was annoying. Luckily, I wasn't alone in being annoyed and she eventually let the class vote on "exam music". Best rule of thumb is to experiment with different kinds of music to see what works for you. If you find that all types of music distract you then you'll have to turn the stereo off until you have completed your work. Hope this helps.
  • There have been studies looking at the influences of music on us while we work, and it depends on the type of music, the tempo and the volume. Lots of educators say Baroque music is great in classes, I've even heard reggae music helps the memory.... but where I'm concerned if the job I'm doing is really boring a good song can make it seem to go faster.
  • It largely depends on what music means to you generally. Some of us will never be able to not pay at least a modicum of attention to any music within hearing -- and will be annoyed by it if it doesn't repay that attention.
  • It all depends on the type of music. Of course if you have a song on that you already know is just going to distract you and most likely cause you to sing along, It also depends on how loud the music is, it cannot be too loud or else it will distract you. Studies show that low classical music helps you focus because it will keep your subconcious busy so your concious can focus.
  • It depends on the person and how they're feeling at any particular time. My personal experience is that if my work is more of an essay writing type- then some low music in the background makes the process feel less labour intensive and I get more done (not being a classical fan, I see nothing wrong in rock or rap music if that's what you're into- as long as its not so loud that it takes over your brain waves, music you dislike will just irritate you and make things worse!). If its the learning, retaining facts type of study, nothing short of absolute silence will do. However- that's just me. I know people who find it difficult to study in complete silence- who actually like the buzz of noise in a coffee shop, or having the TV on low in the background. Some people find they sometimes work well with music, and sometimes don't, depending on their mood. Best way to find what works for you is to try both- with and without music- and assess which session you feel you got most out of- then you have your answer. I know this sounds like a bit of a cop-out answer, but it is true!
  • Instrumental songs are easier to work by. i went into an auto parts store to buy a battery. the overhead music playing was all in spanish. did not understand a word in the music. it was distracting. i asked the store clerk if they were learning spanish, while working. he laughed and said....he didn't know. Listening to music, while working, is definetely not distracing to strippers and musicians. its part of their job description. i would say that your job would play a huge part in determining whether music is making one focused or distracted.
  • Yah, while doing homework I constantly have itunes playing my favorite songs. It helps me concentrate on the work. Maybe it is the familiarity of the music. I do not know. But, oh well. What works works. But if oit doesn't work for you, don't feel bad. Everyone needs different study habits and you just have to find the right one for you. Good luck! :)
  • In my opinion I think that while working its good to have a light music in the background. Music tend to help people to focus or concentrate more on the work they are doing. In some industries they even proposed to put some music, because In a way they see that music help the worker to relax, thus when people work in a busy or stressful industry its good to have something that can help them to relax and this would be to their own benefits. Since it would help them to focus more on the work they have to do and therefore to be more productive.
  • More focusing for me i listen to music when i study :)
  • Depends on the music, good or bad?

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