Re: Music in the Dojo?
A BJJ school I went to for a while often had loud dance music playing at the start of class - because the Muay Thai guys that had just come off had it playing while they sparred. Annoyed the hell out of me.
But I love having music going for BJJ sparring. In fact when we're rolling in my garage that's how I time the rounds, either one or two songs worth. Adds a certain something to it when you can hear the song coming to the end and know you don't have much time.
I can see how it could be very useful in Aikido, at the appropriate volume and the appropriate type. Particularly to get people to flow into the techniques.
One of the problems a certain set of beginners have is that they come in looking for something *too* martial. And are so busy trying to yank peoples arms around the miss the point on blending. Perhaps music could help with that.