Sound in the classroom

I have written before about using music in the classroom.  I have been following a thread on one of my networks which has been discussing should we allow music in the classroom? Many schools have a ban on those little white buds which hang from students’ ears.  Should we allow students to listen to music that is beneficial for their learning?    Julian Treasure, ‘The four way sound affects us’ talks about how music affects us.  Although this video is aimed at businesses, it holds great relevance for education and learning.

1. Physiological – it affects our breathing, heart rate and brain waves.

2. Psychological – that which affects our emotions and cognitively, for example, we can’t listen to two people talking at once or listen well if there is a lot of background noise.  Productivity in open plan offices is 66 percent less than in a quiet room. However, if you had a set of headphones that is playing soothing music, your productivity in that noisy space will increase.

3. Behavioural: we want to move away from unpleasant sounds to pleasant sounds.  Ie noisy to quiet.

Julian goes on to state that music is the most powerful sound there is. Watch the video and see if it changes your mind about students listening to music in the classroom.

The four ways sound affects us.

Also read George Lozanov’s music for improved learning.