Music, Online School, and Covid-19

Ava Siscaretti

The Charter Features


Music is something that many people hold close to their hearts. ACA students are no exception. Throughout the year, students have been at home more than ever, and more than ever are listening to music.

The pandemic and online schooling has given many students more time or reason to listen to music. For some, it’s because of family being noisy around the house, or it’s a distraction or to block out unneeded noise. 

Since school has been primarily online for ACA students, ACA student Emily Van Horn says, “… it gives me more time … I do think I listen to it more…”

Though student ACA student Joshua Aldrich admits, “Not really, I’ve listened to about the same amount of music…” 

Overall, students tend to use music in their free time. But some students use it during school or while doing homework. In a regular school setting, most students would not be allowed to listen to music in class (with the exception of music classes), or very rarely while doing tests in class. 

School is the most flexible it’s ever been, allowing students to listen to music whenever they please, during class or while doing in-class work. With easy access to technology, students could even watch movies and videos in class.

Students listen to/have multiple playlists to choose from. What’s interesting is that everyone listens to different types of music while doing school/homework. Some prefer softer music like lo-fi, some orchestral/fiddle/instrumental, some pop or alternative pop/rock, soft rock, even dubstep. People listen to all types of music. Whatever works best for them in the moment, or whatever they want to listen to, or whatever they have around.

“I mostly listen to Owl City or TheFatRat,” student Elinore Harris remarks.

Gracelyn Pen has different types of music she listens to to help herself differentiate home and relax time from work and school time. She also listens to different types of music depending on the time of day. During the day, she listens to softer music, during the night more energetic/peppy to get her energy up.

The students interviewed tended to use Spotify and YouTube. They said that they mostly use earbuds and headphones, though Elinore Harris uses a Google Home and mp3 player, while Gracelyn Pen mentioned she used an iPod and CDs, showing there’s more than one device or way to play music.

Tazwell Brandabur listens to music in very old fashioned ways, like records, player-piano, or even wax cylinders. Unfortunately, most of the time he can’t get the equipment required to listen to music that way. Fortunately, he has access to modern technology and he uses YouTube.

Most sources interviewed play some sort of instrument. They note that it’s one thing to listen to music, but it’s an entirely different thing to play music for yourself. They find great enjoyment in it. Some also play music alongside their instruments, or listen to the music they’re playing to learn it.

Even though this year has been odd, students have found a way to work around it. Listening to music is just one of the many ways kids are adapting to online classes.


Van Horn, Emily. “Re: Questions for the Charter.” Received by Ava Siscaretti. 24 May, 2021. 

Harris, Elinore. “Re: Questions for the Charter.” Received by Ava Siscaretti. 24 May, 2021. 

Aldrich, Joshua. “Re: Questions for the Charter.” Received by Ava Siscaretti. 24 May, 2021.

Pen, Gracelyn. “Re: Questions for the Charter.” Received by Ava Siscaretti. 27 May, 2021.

Brandabur, Tazwell. “Re: Questions for the Charter.” Received by Ava Siscaretti. 27 May, 2021.

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