The “Mozart Effect” never worked for me. Classical music never made me work more efficiently or think more creatively. In fact, no music does.
However, music does help me work when it’s ambient, set to the background over the loud speakers at Starbucks, or just far way. While I can’t work with music near me or even worse, in my earbuds, I am a better worker after I listen to music and then turn it off when I want to get started.
Music helps build a state of mind, relaxing or pumping me up, to prepare me for the work ahead. This is no different than an athlete getting prepared to play a game. You see Michael Phelps or Lebron James peeping tunes before the game but never during the game. The game itself requires full concentration. You need to hear everything, whether it’s the pen scribbling on a piece of paper or the man setting a pick behind you.
Sound is one thing while working, music is another. Music is meant to be enjoyed when you’re relaxing, hanging out with friends, or simply not working.
“Music is great, music is fantastic, music is social — let them enjoy it for what it really is.” – link