Here's a completely unscientific observation that seems to suggest that music is a good facilitator. Being a folk-rock junky, I usually turn my tape player on when I come into our learning center so I can listen to my tunes before we officially open for business. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing that I forget to turn the machine off, so Simon and Garfunkel, Arlo Guthrie, Credence, CSNY, John Denver, Pete Seeger, etc. are bopping in the background when students come in. When I do turn the music off, students actually come up to my desk and ask me to turn it back on. This intrigued me, so I started asking them why and got answers like, "It makes it easier to study," or "Sometimes it gets noisy when the tutors are helping or people are talking, and the music makes it easier to concentrate," or "I can't do my work when it's quiet." I should also say that our learning center is set up so that there are designated "quiet areas" where students who want crypt-like quiet can go to work and study. Ed. "Humor is Dramamine for the soul."