At the age of 6 months babies who received musical

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the outside world. At the age of 6 months, babies who received musical stimulus during pregnancy were “more advanced in terms of motor, linguistic, and intellectual development” than those who didn’t (Sullivan). As children grow older, they develop their own taste in music and decide what they would like to listen to. Most students listen to music while they are studying at home. In the 1990s when scientists conducted a study on the effects of music on memory recall, “The research supported the positive effects of background music when studying. The research also suggested that music, especially classical music, heightened arousal and mood, as it reduced blood pressure, heartbeat and stress” (UOPX Writer Network). Health Benefits of Music on Students 5
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Music acts as an attention focusing stimulus and a conditioned stimulus for relaxation (Ramsay). The main health benefits of music are that it boosts your mood, helps you focus, makes you physically move faster, leads to better mental health, de- stresses you, and has actually been proven to have a positive impact on patients with long-term illnesses (Ramsay). The benefits that will help children in school the most are the mood boosting, focusing, and de-stressing benefits. If children in school can listen to their favorite music in school, this will lighten their mood and could lead them to not mind being in school. Music helps you concentrate, so using it as a focusing stimulus in school will help children focus more on their work instead of talking with friends or being distracted by other noises. De-stressing is certainly important for students. Some adults don’t realize, but students deal with a great number of issues, assignments, and situations that can cause stress. When under stress, students don’t work to the best of their ability. If music can help de-stress, it would definitely be a good concept to implement into the classroom. The chart to the left is a demonstration of the effects of music on the head and the heart. Following the arrows, you can see how big of an effect music has. It stimulates the mind to give rise to these health benefits. What Types of Music Should Students Listen to in School? When listening to music while completing work, students should always listen to music that they know. “Listening to new, unfamiliar music is distracting (your brain focuses on the new) and that defeats the purpose” (Hartjes). Students should listen to music at lower volumes so that the music doesn’t become a complete distraction (UOPX Writer Network). The music is only there to create “white noise in the background preventing students from noticing every other little noise that usually distracts 6
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them”(Hartjes). It is best to listen to slower-paced music and to avoid loud music like heavy metal or rock. Case Studies Heavy metal music has been known to cause attitude problems in children as well as violence and suicide. A study was completed were 2 groups of mice were exposed to a certain kind of music (one exposed to Mozart, and the other to heavy metal) for 10 hours a day and another group of mice that didn’t listen to music at all (the control group). The mice were then put through a maze and timed to see how long it took for them to successfully complete the maze. The average time for the control group was 5 minutes
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