January 31, 2023

By James Hurlburt

Staff Writer


Few choices diversify people more thoroughly than preference in music.

From rock to classical to the ambient sounds of nature, music is an essential component to hitting the books in college.

Jacob Walters, senior music education major, immerses himself in a broad range of music styles. His studying environment is no exception.

“It’s really whatever I am in the mood for,” Walters said. “If I need to be pumped [it’s] high energy songs; if I need to relax, more of the piano music and movie music.”

Soundtracks from “The Chronicles of Narnia,”   “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars” and “Tron: Legacy” can all be found on Walters’ study playlist, mixing with tunes such as “Clarity” by Zedd, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and anything by Owl City, Walters said.

This wide range in tastes is heavily reflected in non-music majors as well. Walters’ diverse study playlist is representative of most music-listeners.

“My music selection changes,” said Kayla Barker, sophomore English major.

Baker’s playlists includes work from singer-songwriters like Skylar Grey, to television show soundtracks including “Pretty Little Liars,” “Graceland” and “Impractical Jokers.”

While new music captivates Baker and provides a motivational environment, some classics remain personal favorites and are part of her study routine.

Others prefer not to listen to singing while studying. Sarah Gorton, sophomore education major, is one such student.

“I love to play music when I’m doing homework, but if there are words, I will sing and get distracted,” Gorton said. “I listen to instrumentals and overtures mainly.”

Gorton’s instrumental genres of choice include musical theater and Christian rock.

Music motivates everyone differently. This is evident through musical choices while studying.

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