I too struggle with the goal to integrate technology while lots of it is still "banned". I am wondering how many of us listen to music while we work? Would we want to always work to the selections of others? With so much choice in the art room why not music?!
We also have a no electronics policy, but art and special ed have special dispensations! That said, most classes operate well without them. While with others that have been allowed to use them I have seen increased focus on their work, less distraction from friends and less distractions to others.
I do think you need to develop community agreements about how that will sound, look like, etc when in use (no during class discussions, low volume or whatever). My students know if they leave the room with them out they will be taken away. Back into the lockers they must go!
Just my thoughts. Keep us posted on the decision.
middle school in Oregon