Mozart Effect

Children climbing the walls, jumping on furniture, exited voices getting louder and louder as your sanity goes out of the window – is Mozart making our children wild? The answer to this question sadly, is no.

‘The Mozart effect’ is something entirely different…

Interested? Read on!

Most of us have heard somewhere along the grapevine that classical music is good for children, and sometimes even plants alike (is there, I wonder a pied piper, piping lullabies to the tired, swaying rose bush?), and once being a musician myself, I was more than a little keen to find some sort of support for this idea…

This is what I found:

Some researchers, like Frances Raucher published some studies that suggest musical training in pre-school aged children significantly enhanced their spatial-temporal skills (right about now, I’m wondering what happened to me, my spatial skills are appalling). Not only this, but the same researchers also found that after listening to a Mozart sonata, students (uni aged) spatial-reasoning skills related to varying mathematical skills were improved. Cunningly these researchers then named this, “The Mozart Effect”.

So will little Harry’s lifelong exposure to Mozart mean a life dedicated to being the stereotypical manic mathematician? Sadly, at this point, nobody really knows, and they certainly can’t predict that outcome. In the experiment mentioned above with university students, the effect was somewhat short lived – lasting for a period of 10-15 minutes.

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