Focus On the Music
People view music in vastly different ways. For some it is something to play in the background whilst getting on with other tasks. Others find it next to impossible to concentrate on anything but the music if it is playing, and still others use it as a specific focus. The first two options don’t entirely lend themselves to clearing the mind but the latter group most certainly will find the intensity within the music to be cleansing to the point of meditation. Many people might argue that a focus on the music is, in fact, a distraction but this state is already part of the process of removing other physical distractions.
There will be the issue of emotional states affecting the success of such attempted clarity. Angry or depressive emotions may not be calmed by music; indeed they may simply amplify them causing, even more, distraction than before. In addition, if it is music that is not liked by that person then the effect will once again be negative or perhaps non-existent. Therefore it is important to choose music that does not evoke too many emotional responses and yet is something the listener prefers.
With this in mind, music has been known to create focus. For example, when higher focus is needed such as at a poker table, classical lyric-free music can help to relax the player. A relaxed player will, by default, become less stressed and therefore more able to focus on the game at hand. Other instances include using music to create a soothing atmosphere in which to learn. In fact learning a language along to a song has proven exceptionally helpful and sped up the learning process.
Whilst there is no specific conclusion that music does or does not help with concentration, there is no doubt that it does help to relax people both physically and mentally which, at the end of the day, is no bad thing.