Katelynn Shepperson, Student Contributor

Music is the light of a lot of people’s lives. Music can help people focus, improve happiness, and improve sleep. A lot of teenagers and young adults enjoy listening to music while finishing tasks, but at some points, music is not allowed. In the classroom, some teachers ban music completely, while other times it’s not allowed during instruction. When instruction is going on in a classroom, I agree, there shouldn’t be headphones or music played, but while it’s independent work time music should be allowed. 

In class, music should be something that’s regularly needed. Studies show that music-listening could boost mood and well-being and improve stress-related measures. Standardized tests always give students high stress which is why I think Mp3 players should be allowed while taking a standardized test. 

Teachers and administrators do not like headphones when students are using them. Some students listen to music way too loud, which could damage hearing, and it’s harder to get the class back together when independent work time is done. Teachers ban headphones and music so that they can have easier access to students’ attention. Most of the time, if students have headphones in, they have their music low enough so they can hear the teacher when ready to get the classes attention again, so completely banning headphones can anger the students. 

If teachers were to allow students to listen to music in class, grades and GPAs could rise. I think if students were given more time for independent work with music, there would be positive improvements. Teachers could also add a rule saying only one headphone is allowed to be in during class, because then students can hear everything happening in the call, and their music. 

Music in the classroom could be a problem, but it can very much help the students. 

Students should be able to focus the way they need to in class, even if that’s with music.