When I study, read or do anything that requires mental concentration, I prefer not to listen to music. My mind is prone to shifting focus from my thoughts to the various aspects of the song that I am listening to, such as the beat, melody or lyrics. This is especially true in the case of genres that are rhythmically lively, such as hip-hop or rock music. However, the one exception to this generalization is classical music and Mozart’s music is a prime example this.
As mentioned, the reason why I usually find it difficult to mentally concentrate when I listen to music is because my attention often shifts to the song. If I listen to a Pop song, my attention wil