Chapter 9 First Impression

Music is an important part in my life so I try to implement it into as many things as I can. Whether it’s just relaxing with friends while listening to music, or listening to music while I work out, or listening to music while I study; I find that music is everywhere I go. After reading the first impression prompt and the article from New York Times, I think that Governor Miller’s decision was a wise one. Whenever I am studying, it helps to listen to music. I find that it is better to listen to classical music as it helps my focus more than music with lyrics. It is better to stick to music that does not contain any lyrics because you’ll focus more on the lyrics of the song rather than what you are studying. Although Governor Miller’s decision was a wise one, I do not think it was executed well. Rather than giving each student a cassette tape, Mozart’s music could have been implemented in the school system itself. If students listen to Mozart while they’re learning and then again while they are studying, it’ll help them to retain the information. I also don’t think it should be limited to just Mozart but rather have it expanded to classical music as a whole. I would highly recommend listening while you study to any student. It has highly benefitted me in my entire school career.


2 thoughts on “Chapter 9 First Impression

  1. Liv,
    I really enjoyed reading your first impression post as, although I do not play any musical instrument; I really enjoy music as a whole. As I continued reading I really closely related to how you listen to music while you study or do schoolwork. Your idea to implement music into the school system so that students listen to the same things to match what was learned at school and what is being studied at home. This could end up being very beneficial as the information can “stick” to the music being heard at school, aiding in information retention.

    In class we learned about Gardner’s multiple intelligences that discusses how people can be intelligent in different aspects of life. One of these aspects is musical intelligence. The idea that music can help people learn might only be true for musically intelligent people. For someone who is picture smart or number smart, this music ides might have no effect or actually hurt the learner.


  2. Liv,

    I enjoyed reading your post. Music is an important part of my everyday life too. It is also an important part of everyone’s lives. Music is everywhere, in TV shows, in video games, on the radio, etc. We hear it everywhere. I have heard that music without lyrics has the ability to increase intelligence, but I am not sure of the credibility of that. I do know that music without lyrics helps me to focus on what I am doing. I listen to video game soundtracks while I work because the music on those soundtracks is meant to help you focus. Although, if you play the video game that has the soundtrack you are listening to frequently it starts to make you nervous when songs change. I do not think that I would agree with Governor Miller on this. I do not think that spending a large amount of money to send CDs of Mozart to families is beneficial, especially not for the budget that they have. Most people had access to a radio and would be able to hear classical music somewhere- this was 1998. So, I do not agree with his decision. I did love reading your post. You make some great points about music without lyrics being beneficial for studying.


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