The Mozart Effect?
We’ve all heard of the musical prodigy who was raised on a diet of classical music from the womb. I am positive that exposure to great music will influence a child greatly. We are all products of what we are exposed to and how we react to that stimulus. But just having music playing all the time may not be the great influence on a child that a parent expects. The “Mozart Effect” doesn’t really happen by osmosis. Orderly music is thought to help order the brain to function in a more orderly manner. But can it simply by virtue of being played in the vicinity of the child really help make the child smarter? Probably not.
Until the child develops a way to interpret or have a spiritual or emotional connection to the music, it may just be background noise. Parents need to guide the child’s reaction to and interpretation of the music by their own example. If a parent expects a “Mozart Effect,” he had better model the emotional response he wants the child to have.
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My name is Betsy Lee Bailey. I enjoy singing and writing all kinds of music. I have performed and directed or taught music all of my life. This blog is dedicated to all of the people who have been encouraging me to write about my experiences.