3 the volume of the music must be low enough so that

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3. The volume of the music must be low enough so that the music cannot be heard outside of the headphones. 4. Listen to music that you know and love as to not create a distraction from new music. 5. No sharing of music is allowed. All music must be listened to individually. Elona has put these rules into place and believes that her students’ performance and attitudes have improved since she’s allowed music in her classroom (Hartjes). The question as to whether allowing this practice will actually improve performance is inevitable. We certainly can’t know for sure what the outcome of this change could be because music effects people differently. The great thing about this change is that it doesn’t cost anything and nothing major has to be changed, which means if it has a negative affect it can quickly be revoked. But if this change has worked on other students in the past, I believe that it is worth trying in the Baltimore County Public School System. 9
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Recommendation I recommend that Baltimore County Public Schools proceed to allow students to have the choice to listen to music in school during individual work time and during free time such as lunch. This change would be beneficial to students by first allowing them to actually listen to music during school, which most of them would love to do but are not allowed to currently. Secondly, it would stimulate their minds and help them to focus on their work while enjoying their own background music. This change is beneficial to teachers because they should see improvements in their students’ attitudes about school, as well as possible slight improvements in their comprehension and grades. This change requires no costs or major changes, so it will be very convenient to implement. References Davidson, Charles W. , and Lou Anne Powell. "The Effects of Easy-Listening Background Music 10
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on the On-Task-Performance of Fifth-Grade Children." Journal of Education for Business 80.1 (1986): 29-33. . Web. 5 May 2013. "Debate: Should students be allowed to listen to music in school while doing work? (2)." The Premiere Online Debate Website . N.p., n.d. Web. 8 May 2013. < - while-doing-work-2/1/>. Hartjes, Elona . " Listening to Music Helps Students Be More Productive in The Classroom : Teachers At Risk." Teachers At Risk . N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2013. < - productive-in-the-classroom/>. "Mice and Music Experiment." Educational CyberPlayGround . N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2013. < ;. Ramsay, Adam. "Health benefits of music." NetDoctor.co.uk . N.p., 29 Nov. 2011. Web. 14 May 2013. < ;. Sullivan, Sarah. "The Effects of Music on Babies: In the Womb and Afterward." Yahoo! Voices . N.p., 19 Sept. 2008. Web. 14 May 2013. <voices.yahoo.com/the-effects-music-babies-womb- afterward-1917926.html?cat=25>. UOPX , Writer Network. "Should you listen to music while studying?." University of Phoenix . N.p., 9 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 May 2013. < - life/2011/08/should-you-listen-to-music-while-studying.html>. 11
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