Music should be allowed in class for many reasons

Music should be allowed in class for many reasons

When students enter Michael Jackson’s history class, he tells them to remove their ear pieces. To Jackson, it is a sign of disrespect to wear them.

“I look into [the students’] eyes, and they weep and say, ‘I’m sorry Mr. Jackson, never again,” said Jackson, who also teaches drama.

Patricia Segura, an algebra teacher at College Preparatory & Architecture Academy, doesn’t allow her students to listen to their music in class either.

“Turn it off,” Segura says. “Put it away.”

Segura and Jackson aren’t alone. Most teachers at Fremont ban music during class, but it shouldn’t be that way. Music can help students concentrate.

Music helps in even more ways.

“Music therapy can be helpful for your health, reducing stress and providing other positive outcomes,” states the website The Practical Nurse. “Music can actually help regulate physical functions in your body, such as heart rate and breathing.”

In a 2007 study, Stanford University researchers found that people who listened to music tend to have a better memory.

Well, I’m not sure if it helps my memory, but music motivates me to do things I could care less to do, such as chores and homework. Why not classwork, too?

Music encourages me to be a better person, especially when I listen to the gospel my mother often plays because it often talks about the world ending and that makes me want to live my “last” day the right way. I also listen to some R&B, rock, metal and Spanish music. My favorite band is Quiet Riot.

If people say that music helps them in school, then they should be allowed to listen to it during class.
Dominique White, a CPAA sophomore, is one of those people. She listens to hip-hop and R&B every opportunity she gets during and after school, even when she does homework.

“[Music] influences me to be in my zone,” said White. “I don’t like the rule [of no music in class] because people need to concentrate.”

White says that without music to listen to, people talk more and the class gets out of hand.

White believes that music is a big help for people who have built-up anger.

Anthony Harris is another student who says music helps him. The CPAA senior sees music almost as a First Amendment right.

“Music is just a form of expression,” said Harris.

At least there are some teachers who allow their students to listen to music.

Beth Suddreth, who teaches resource algebra, English and study hall at Mandela High School, allows her students to listen to music quietly by themselves. but only after they have finished their work. She believes music is very important.

“[Music is] a great thing,” said Suddreth. “If you’re depressed, it cheers you up, [or] if you’re too wired, it calms you down.”

More teachers should be like Suddreth and let students listen to music during class.