Do not do your homework while listening to music.
The above statement is one the student has heard time and time again, from parents, teachers, and, heavens forbid, even his or her own nerdy friends. Of course, the reprimand does not just apply to music, but any other distraction as well, such as television or the telephone or even a friend nearby.
I must admit, I am most certainly guilty of violating the order myself. As I sit at this laptop clicking away on the keyboard, Brahms’ clarinet trio is floating out of the speakers. It can’t hurt, anyway, I reason; this is creative stuff, not…studying and memorization. And it has no lyrics, right? No distraction there.