OK so some say that listening to Mozart will increase your SAT score ----IF you can stand Mozart. As the LRNASSTers have suggested people differ greatly on the kind of music they enjoy- what relaxes one person can send another UP THE WALL. We tried piping in music in the reading lab in the 50s and found that out the hard way. One solution is to provide ear protectors like those folks wear on the landing field to help jets find the right parking spot. That will protect the person who doesn't appreciate the music. BUT they're heavy and hot. One of the things Troy Duster found in his study of social integration at Berkeley was that members of different ethnic groups would not attend general dances - each group preferred it's own music and din't feel comfortable with the music of other groups. As Lonna says, music majors can't concentrate on reading if music is being played - they are listening to the way the musicians are performing, etc. To Nancy: Aroma therapy indeed - You are right - a lot of people are allergic to perfumes and artificial aromas -- in fact, a number of organizations here including mental health associations specifically request that people attending their meetings not wear perfumes , or other scents. Martha M.