Music for Concentrating

by Dr. Punita Rice Academia

What do you listen to when you’re concentrating? When I was studying for comps (comprehensive exams), or when I was working on papers, I liked listening to Hindi songs, or music by Anoushka Shankar (the song “Naked” is an all-time favorite).

These days, when working, it’s usually because baby is asleep, so I’m usually working in silence, or with our white noise machine on. Occasionally, if I’ve remembered to have headphones nearby, I’m listening to music by Karsh Kale.

Some other good options:

Groove Salad on SomaFM – Smooth and eclectic sounds that are great for focusing

Suburbs of Goa on SomaFM – Same as above, but with some fusiony Indian music

What do you listen to when you’re concentrating?

P.S. Since we’re chatting about work, here is some stuff for teachers

(Top photo of Anoushka Shankar from here.)


About the Author

Dr. Punita Rice

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Dr. Punita Rice is a wife and mama, an education researcher, a writer, the founder and director of ISAASE, and an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Doctor of Education program. Her work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here. Punita also writes about life, culture, education, and motherhood here on her blog. She works from home in Maryland, and drinks a great deal of coffee.