My daughter loves that her teacher plays music in the classroom. She plays kids bop (and the like) throughout the day. I can see how it increases the students energy level and enjoyment of school work in general. I wanted to play music in my classroom but I knew my principal would NEVER go for popular music so I proposed classical. He shot it down immediately saying that kids become distracted by the music and it detracts from the learning. He said I could use it as a reward but not as an everyday thing. I'm honestly a little annoyed by this. I've seen studies that say that when classical music is played, it actually stimulates brain activity. Classical music can also be very soothing which can help with behavior management. And as I said previously, I do think it leads to more enjoyment of the school day in general. I'm curious as to what you think. If the consensus is that music is a detractor, then maybe I'll be less annoyed by the fact that I'm not allowed to play it in my classroom.