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to Music While Doing Homework Affect Your Grade in School?
Music is a powerful art form that can
bring up emotions, inspire motivation and alter your mood. Students frequently listen to music while studying to make the
process less painful and, in some cases, because they believe music will help them learn. The effects of listening to music
while studying are mixed, however, and depend upon the type of music you listen to as well as the degree to which it distracts
Music With Lyrics
Music with lyrics activates the language-processing
centers of the brain, and the University of Phoenix advises that this can be distracting. Particularly if you're reading or
studying subjects within the humanities, the act of processing musical lyrics as you try to process the words you're studying
can make studying more challenging. Students who listen to music with lyrics may have more difficulty concentrating and may
struggle more to recall the information they've learned.
Robin Harwood, et al. point to the "Mozart Effect"
in their textbook "Child Psychology." The "Mozart Effect" is the belief that listening to classical music
can improve intelligence; it is based upon a single study that was subsequently refuted. Instrumental and classical music
won't make you smarter, according to Harwood, et al. But this music can have a relaxing, soothing effect and is less distracting
than music with lyrics.
A 2005 study published in "Psychology of Music" found that workers who listened to music while working
had higher productivity than those who didn't. The study's authors speculate that this could be because music boosts mood,
improving motivation. Particularly among students who are struggling to remain motivated to complete their work, music might
provide a respite from the stress and exhaustion of studying and inspire them to keep at it.
recall information more effectively when they're doing so in the same environment in which they initially learned it, according
to the textbook "Educational Psychology." Students who listen to music while studying will be better at recalling
the information they've learned if they also listen to music during tests -- an opportunity most students don't have. This
might mean that listening to music can make recalling information more challenging, particularly for students who transition
from listening to loud music to taking a test in a silent classroom. (Courtesy of Seattle pi)
A hydraulophone is a musical instrument in which sounds are
created by flowing water. It's an unusual and interesting device that can be very expressive when played by a skilled musician.
The general public can also create music with the instrument. It's fun and easy to play, although a skilled player can produce
a wider variety of sounds than a beginner.
In a hydraulophone,
water is pumped into a curved, horizontal tube and spurts out of a series of small holes on the top of the tube. There is
a sounding mechanism positioned upstream of each hole. If a person places a finger over a hole, the water can be directed
past the associated sounding mechanism and diverted to another part of the instrument. Each sounding mechanism creates a different
note, allowing music to be played. If more than one hole is covered at the same time, multiple notes can be played simultaneously
to create polyphony.
The hydraulophone is played like a
keyboard instrument but is actually more closely related to a woodwind instrument. In fact, it’s sometimes called a
The water is pumped
through the instrument by an electric pump, a water or wind powered pump or a hand pump operated by another person. The water
flowing out of the holes is generally collected in a trough to be recirculated.
of sound-producing devices are used in hydraulophones. The diverted jet of water may pass through a valve, a shaft or a spinning
disk containing holes in order to make a sound. Some instruments contain a device similar to those found in wind instruments,
such as a single or double reed or a fipple. An example of a fipple is the mouthpiece of a recorder.
Hydraulophones are sometimes installed in parks for anyone to use. These generally
have twelve holes arranged in a single row and are known as 12-jet diatonic hydraulophones. They have a one and a half octave
range, starting on the A below middle C and going up to E. Key valves provide an extended range on some instruments.
More advanced hydraulophones used in concerts have forty-five holes arranged in
two rows. They are known as 45-jet chromatic hydraulophones and have a three and a half octave range.
(Courtesy of Spindity)
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