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Is there a Mozart Effect?

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There is always some group of scientist studying the effect that music has on people. Scientists have been able to show a positive correlation between musical influence and good psychological health such as mood elevation, stress relief, depression relief, etc.

Back in 1993 a study emerged that sited the glorious effect of classical music on intelligence, dubbed the “Mozart Effect.” This particular study showed improved spatial task abilities in participants who listened to classical music right before they preferred the predetermined spatial tasks. Of course, it’s important to point out that this increase was minimal and temporary. Then, when a 1999 study was unable to reproduce even similar results, the “Mozart Effect” was considered debunked.

Recent trends in scientific studies have been about the effect music has on studying and learning. Though some research has shown that music students have quicker and more adept learning capabilities, there are other studies that show no correlation. So what does it all mean? Is it still important to have our children study music and learn to play instruments even if science is able to definitively prove that it does not, in the long run, increase their IQ?

Well, yes. Of course.

Studying music isn’t about making our children smarter. If it turns out that it does, then that’s just gravy. Music teaches children discipline and dedication and how that all leads to accomplishment. Then there’s the added benefit that comes with being able to create music that calms, relaxes, and revitalizes the mind and spirit. Studying music and learning to play an instrument as a child helps create a well-rounded adult. So no matter what science is able to prove about music making our kids smarter, we already know it makes them better.

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