Freshman thoughts on Creativity While Listening to Music


About 13% of freshman at Paso Robles High School find that listening to music helps stimulate creative thoughts while doing schoolwork. According to a survey, which was conducted on February 28th and March 1st. After surveying 77 students, one out of every three students find that listening to music while doing homework is distracting. However, one study written by Thomas R Alley and Marcie E. Greene found that music without lyrics had the best effect on students’ learning. It also suggests that listening to something familiar can produce better results because there is no longer thought involved.

After getting the results of the surveys, one of the students responded with, “I love listening to the lyrics and seeing what they mean”. Cara Robinson added,”Depending on the person and their choice of music, I do believe listening to music can help stimulate creative thoughts”. A recent article by Diego Santos states that “Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying” as well as “Listen to sounds of nature such as rain, waves, jungles or animals while studying. While this is not exactly music, it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in another world”.

Joey Jackson is a student a Paso Robles High School who also thinks that “ listening to calm, ‘study’ music when doing homework or studying stimulates creative thoughts”. He says this because music helps decrease stress and raises your mental toughness. Which does help you  multitask and think under stressful situations. Although music can lift your mood and give you a relaxed focus, it can also “decrease your performance on cognitively demanding tasks.” says Steve Nguyen from Workplace Psychology  A sophomore agreed by saying,”This is a rhetorical question. Most music stimulates creative thoughts depending on the person and their personality”.


Thomas R Alley and Marcie E. Greene from Springer Link

Diego Santos from GoConqr

Steve Nguyen from Workplace Psychology

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