by Sharlene Habermeyer
Inside: Listening to the music of Mozart can make you smarter. You just need to understand what &8220;kind&8221; of smarter. Here&8217;s what you need to do:
Over the past 20 years, people have asked, &8220;Will listening to Mozart&8217;s music really make me smarter?&8221; Well, the answer is: &8220;Yes, it probably will. But what is your definition of &8220;smarter?&8221;
In the early 1990s, a groundbreaking scientific study found that the music of Mozart will, in fact, make you smarter. When it hit the newsstands—it was like a firecracker exploding! The electricity caused by this sensation caused people of all ages to tune into Mozart hoping to become smarter.
The study was conducted by Drs. Gordon Shaw and Francis Rauscher of the University of California at Irvine (UCI) and since 1994 many more studies have been conducted showing the impact Mozart’s music has on our minds. (so don’t give up listening to Mozart!)
However, it is important to realize what Mozart does for your brain, and what it does not.
First, this study and subsequent studies were NOT evaluating general intelligence, but rather a specific type of intelligence—spatial intelligence or how Shaw and Rauscher put it—“spatial-temporal reasoning.”
So what exactly is spatial intelligence or spatial-temporal reasoning, and why is it important. Well, years ago I visited Dr. Shaw at UCI and he explained to me exactly what they discovered with the music of Mozart and how it really does make you smarter.
Here, in a nutshell, is what he said:
The structure of Mozart’s music and most classical music is very complex. When listening to Mozart, the patterns that are formed in our brains are connected to the spatial areas found in our brains. Have you ever seen music animation on the Internet? It would be important to watch one of those YouTube videos so you understand what I mean about musical patterns.
When talking about intricate patterns&8211;the artist, M.C. Escher was a master. So, was Mozart.
In short, because of the complex structure of Mozart’s music, it can train the brain for higher levels of thinking—the kind of thinking involved in problem-solving, inference, arriving at conclusions, comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between two or more objects, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.
It is the ability to perceive the visual world accurately and form mental images of objects. It is the mind’s ability to see in very detailed pictures and to recognize, compare and find relationships among the patterns and details of an object.
Yes, all this happens when merely listening to Mozart! And, if you actually learn a musical instrument, these areas are enormously strengthened and your spatial IQ will take off!
We all think of Albert Einstein as a mathematical genius. Well, to be honest, he was a spatial genius. He “saw” and visualized problems in his mind, long before they became a reality on paper. And whenever Einstein became “stuck,” he played his violin which helped him solve complicated and difficult challenges. Music organized his brain which enabled him to reach important conclusions regarding spatial problems like E=mcˆ2.
Spatial intelligence is incredibly important for the 21st century. It is this intelligence that will help us to solve the complex problems facing our future.
CD Suggestion: Purchase: “Mozart for Your Mind.” The Sonata in D for Two Pianos: Allegro con spirito was the piece of music that Shaw and Rauscher used to demonstrate an increase in spatial IQ by 10 points. (sorry, it was just temporary—but what do you expect for 10 minutes of music!)
Get yourself and your kids involved with music—TODAY! Play classical music for them while they are studying, play classical music while they are going to sleep, and play classical music in the car as you are driving from one lesson to another—it WILL make them smarter—but it will make you smarter, too.
But—don’t stop there—get your kids playing a musical instrument! You need to play one, too! Just watch&8211; not only will you feel smarter, you will be spatially smarter!
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Sharlene Habermeyer is the author of “Good Music Brighter Children.” A blogger (Good Parenting Brighter Children) and educator; she has lectured all over the U.S.; holds a Master’s degree in Education and started a community orchestra in 1999. Visit: https://goodparentingbrighterchildren.com