Mark Henderson answered
For me it depends on the genre of music I am listening to. If I'm listening to classical music I find it can aid my concentration levels. In contrast, if I listen to a catchy pop song then I find this makes me more distracted.
Studies have shown that music can help some people concentrate on their homework - but it has also been proved that music can make concentrating on a task harder! Essentially it depends on what kind of learner you are.
It also depends on the genre of music you are listening to. Music which triggers memory recall, such as a favourite song of yours, or a track with a catchy hook, can have an adverse affect on your concentration.
- Music affects some people's concentration levels more than others
- The genre of music can have an impact on your concentration.
An introverted person - someone who is predominantly concerned with and interested in their own mental life - will find it more difficult to concentrate with music playing. Introverts require less background stimulation to concentrate on a task. Therefore, when there is background stimulation (such as music) they find it more difficult to concentrate.
An extroverted person - someone who is predominately concerned with obtaining gratification from outside the self - may find it easier to do homework whilst music is being played. Extroverts thrive on background stimulation, and music can actually aid their levels of concentration.