There are many studiesthat relate classical music and a baby’s intelligence.
As all pregnant womanand current mothers want their children to be the smartest kid in class, theycorrelate classical music in the development of their babies to increase theirintelligence. Parents naturally want the best for their babies, so any naturalenvironmental ideas that will help increase their babies intelligence will beput to use. The developmental outcome of this study found by listening toclassical music your baby can possibly be as smart as Einstein, well thatperhaps a little promising but what is true is that the highs and lows of theclassical music sounds is what triggers a babies’ brain to grow because itstimulates areas in the brain responsible for motor actions, emotions, andcreativity. In 1993, a short paper was published on the “MozartEffect” study. According to the article 36 college students participated in thestudy. The outcome of the study revealed that students who listened to Mozartsonata for a few minutes before taking a test scored higher than those who didnot listen to classical music or any other music. Although the study does saythat the effect may be temporary, I believe that if the students continue tolisten to classical music, the effect can become permanent.
This study was controversial,as well as any studies on this topic. There are a lot of scientists that do notagree with these studies because they need more proof that this can be real. Idisagree because multiple studies have come up with same results.
After this study was done, the media and politicians respondedsaying that listening to classical music or any type of music offered severalbenefits to the developing baby. Music has been related to stress relief andhas helped alleviate physical and mental health problems. Music is universal, Isee all the time that Spanish music like meringue, salsa, and bachata are beingheard all over the world. A lot of companies still market classical music toparents of children; they do believe in the studies conducted by universities.Most of the companies that provide this music for the parents of children arevery successful and encourage the parents to purchase the classical musicbecause they have studies that show greater intelligence to those who listen toit. Music has been around for centuries to soothe one’s mindor to arouse energy in the brain and body, which triggers the person to dance, whichcauses sweat and the release of endorphins. Endorphins are good for the brainand the body. I say it’s what keeps us happy.
So, what can we say aboutclassical music for babies? Yes it can help develop the brain and can makebabies smarter or more cognitive. I believe the study on college students showsthat college students may do better on a quiz after listening to Mozart sonatabut does not prove that classical music make babies smarter. Now there is someclassical music that perhaps not appropriate for babies because is probably tooloud and violent. Some parents have a difficult time picking songs for theirchildren, because of the different classical music there is.
There are manycompanies that take the role of producing CD’s or uploading on YouTube theappropriate classical music for babies. Unlike many types of music, classical tunes have acalming effect on the human mind and body. The structure and slow tunes relaxthe mind and, according to some studies, even the heart. This can help babiessleep and improve their mental health. Babies that have a hard time sleepingcan benefit from music. Those that have suffered emotional trauma can alsobenefit from the soothing sounds of music. There is also the same article states a strongcorrelation between music and language development.
Young children that listento classical music might learn to talk and read faster. This is because theareas of the brain that are being stimulated by the music is developing much soonerthan those who do not listen to classical music. As a result babies andchildren may also develop better memories and listening skills, which are significantto learning language. Iam interested in learning more about this topic and how more studies can bedone to correlate the findings of the earlier studies. I am not a mother yet,but as a future mother, having this knowledge about the topic will bebeneficial, I do plan on applying the “Mozart Effect” on my children rather ornot it makes babies smarter it is good to introduce early on the classical musicof Mozart who was a great composer. This topic will always be controversial becausethere’s not a scientific backup for it and most people need that scientificstatistics to really believe something.