There have been a large number of researches and experiments about the connections between our brain and music and we all accept the fact that the link between them is real. Moreover, we are trying to use that knowledge as an advantage and apply them into the way we teach children. In many years, we assumed that classic music (in this case Mozart) has the ability of encouraging and making us smarter through the motivation made to our brains. If you try to search documents about this on the Internet, you can see the phrase “Mozart effect” alongside with other types of guidebooks and videos instructing viewers how to exploit the power of Mozart effect so as to develop the mind. There is even a studio which focuses mainly on producing music products based on Mozart so as to make the kids smarter while they are still inside their moms.
However, the scientific proofs about the real application of Mozart effect have not yet been released and people just can’t firmly believe in this statement. So what is the truth about the Mozart effect?
What Is Mozart Effect?
The phrase “Mozart effect” was created from 1991, however it took the phrase nearly two years later to make a real effect on mass media and drew attention of almost the whole world like we do today. We all consider that Mozart is a prodigy in music composes and each of his music pieces is a real masterpiece. Mozart’s music has its own characteristic with unmeasured depth. That is the reason why people believe in the effect of his music. It is simply told that when a person listens to his music, the brain would develop and he or she could become more intelligent, especially boys and girls at young ages.
Even in 1998, the Major or Georgia, America asked the government to release their money so as to provide one Mozart CD for each new born baby. Scientists indicated that the effect of Mozart music is not only available on human but also on cattle. They showed that the cows produced more milk in both quality and quantity when listening to Mozart.
Just base on those evidence, we can see how wonderful this effect could be if they can be applied on human life. However, we have to take a look back to the past when the first experiment was occupied by scientists of California University on 1991 though the phrase “Mozart effect” was not created by them.
In that experiment, participants were neither children nor mothers, they are 36 students of a college. They are asked to complete IQ tests 3 times. Before the first test, they were given 10 minutes in silence. Before the second one, they listened to some kind of chilling music in 10 minutes and the last one, they listened to a Mozart’s Sonata in the same amount of time.
The result showed the difference between 3 tests. Students who completed the test after listening to Mozart had better scores in comparison with the last 2 times. Besides, the ability of imagine images was increased sharply because they easily passed the challenge in rearranging the blocks in the IQ test. However, the most important conclusion from scientists was that the effect can only last up to 15 minutes.
The Mind Boosted by Music
So if we base our conclusions on that experiment, we can move on to sum up with the fact that the Mozart effect has nothing to do with any kinds of mind permanent mind boosting. In fact, it can only have some kind of positive impacts on a short period of time. Besides, we don’t have enough evidence to prove the effect of Mozart music to children’s brain as well as babies inside their moms.
Apart from that, we still have to admit the wonderful effect of Mozart music in increasing the process of our mind. So how can Mozart music do it?
In 2006, a large experiment was established with more than 8000 volunteers. They were all small kids. They listened to 3 kinds of sound in 10 minutes:
- Mozart’s “Spring Quintet”
- A scientific report
- 3 pop songs
Then they were asked to do an IQ test. The result showed that Mozart music created favorable conditions to high – score students on the tests. Interestingly, pop music did the same thing and even better!
Another experiment took place on 2010 with volunteers were all mature who love poetry. They used paragraphs and poetry in well-known masterpieces instead of music. And the results were the same.
As we can see, no matter what you hear, if you consider it to be important to you and make you happy and you really enjoy it, the effect will appear.
How to Increase The IQ with Classical Music?
There is another way to increase your IQ though it is not an easy and fast way as listening to a classical music CD. You can challenge yourself in learning a new musical instrument. Researchers claimed that 1 year practicing with piano can increase your IQ 3 points, which is a not bad number. Classical music is not only good for your mental condition but also your body in some cases. That’s the reason why it is one of the oldest genres in the world but still loved by people in many countries not just Europe.
So listening to Mozart music since your child was little is not a way to make him or her smarter. It just can help them to nurture the love with classical music. However, if you really need some relax moments before working or studying, listening to music is really an effective way to increase the productivity and make your working process faster.