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Students and teachers give their opinions on the best ways to listen to music

February 12, 2017

“I like the song Shape of You because it has a good beat,” junior Sophie Ogaard says. This song is becoming more popular on the radio and is recommended by Ogaard for others to listen to.

Rap, country, pop, alternative, R&B and classic rock. There are many more types of music besides these.  Even if you aren’t a teenager many different age groups listen to their own music, and many younger people tend to listen to a different type of music than adults and teachers. Music is fun for people of all ages and there is a wide variety of music in the world.

As music becomes more popular, many others besides teens have started to listen to music. More than 80 percent of the population listens to music online or through their own source. With rates more popular than ever, many different types of music have become more complex than ever in their genre, songs and lyrics, each person has their own style of music to listen to.

Students have begun to obtain music from many different sources besides just the radio. Many different sources allow people to listen to music without downloading it to a device.  In 2016, on demand streaming has raised to 431.7 million, which is 39.2 percent increase from 2015 in overall.

“I listen to SoundCloud and Spotify in addition to what is on the radio and my phone,” junior Sophie Ogaard said.

Music helps students in many other ways than just for pleasure. Many students and adults agree that listening to music helps with focusing while doing their work. Studies show that 87 percent of teens who multitask while learning listen to music while to help focus.

“I listen to music while I work because if I listen to it while learning I don’t understand the lesson well,” junior Tori Ly said.

Teachers also have begun to listen to music, not just teens. Including music in their lesson, for enjoyment and for inspiring creativity. Some teachers like play music to make the activity more enjoyable and interesting. Listening to music sometimes improves the quality and quantity of the students work.

I think listening to music wakes up your brain and stretches it, and it brings out creativity.”

— Molly Siebert

“I think listening to music wakes up your brain and stretches it, and it brings out creativity,” social studies teacher Molly Siebert said.

Many students listen to the same types of music as teachers. There are many different similarities in music despite age. Sometimes Ogaard and Siebert both listen to Ed Sheeran and use the radio as a source of music, also Ly and Siebert both listen to different music depending on mood.

“Depending on my mood, I listen to different things. I listen to the Chainsmokers on Pandora or if I’m looking for something higher energy I listen to 90’s rap,” Siebert said.

Music has grown to wide varieties over time. Many students and teachers all listen to different types of music that influences learning and is enjoyable for all people, and lots of teachers listen to the same music as teens do. Different types of music create a multitude of different attitudes inside and outside of the classrooms. Everybody has their own style of music that they admire no matter the age.

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