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What effects does music have on student performance level while participating in aerobic activities





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The research question addressed in this project was if certain types of music can increase motivation levels in students while participating in aerobic activities in physical education class. My goal was to find a way to motivate students in physical education class to work harder. I wanted to know if listening to music can increase their work rate and even their enjoyment of exercise. Most researchers agree music does influence motivation levels, but results are conflicting. I had my students participate in two aerobic activities that I designed while listening to either no music, fast music, or slow music. Results showed that the fast music did improve test scores for most individuals while slow music actually negatively affected scores for some, even beyond their scores while no music was being played.

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