During a recent conference, it was recommended a parent should let his student listen to classical music lightly playing in the background during times of study. It was suggested that the music should be audible in a pleasant fashion, but not loud enough to distract. Parents and students will enjoy watching this brief video on the brain and music (the basis for that study-time recommendation.) The link below is live.
Students who immerse themselves in worthwhile musical endeavors (especially learning to read music while playing a musical instrument) will have yet another edge in critical thinking and problem solving. Consider how you might benefit from greater exposure to time-proven musical works (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and the like) along with reading, writing, and playing music in its various artistic forms.