A mere 11 months after the opening entry in our Music for Study series, we invite the sharing of songs and albums that contribute to the task/pleasure/chore of academic reading. Music for Writing captured the imagination to the extent that it stretched to two volumes. It will be interesting to see how we fare this time around.
Some of the comments and feedback that we’ve received since we created this project have encouraged us to think that while music lends itself to some scholarly pursuits, it might not always be helpful when it comes to working through journal articles or book chapters. On the other hand, other contributors have described being unable to read effectively without music.
If you do read to the sound of music, we'd like to know what it is that you listen to.
By 'academic reading', we're thinking about any material that is directly relevant to any aspect of your academic practice. That could involve reading undertaken with a view to studying, research, teaching or general background knowledge in your discipline. It could involve a journal, textbook, website, newspaper, government report – whatever is pertinent to your field of study.
This exercise is open to students, tutors, researchers, librarians, administrators – anyone who chooses or is required to undertake academic reading, and elects to do so in the company of music.
You can nominate tracks for inclusion on the Music for Reading compilation by using the short online form below. All we want to know is the song or album, the artist, and a single sentence description of how or why the suggested music accompanies or inspires your academic reading.
Thanks in advance for your input – we look forward to hearing about your Music for Reading