You’ve heard it before, but is it true? Could playing classical music for your baby really make him or her smarter?
Unfortunately, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll raise the next greatest rocket scientist by playing some Mozart for your baby. The “Mozart effect,” as it’s known, is just a temporary boost in reasoning abilities that we experience after listening to soothing music. According to a Telegraph article that researched this effect, it says, “Our improved spatial skills fade about an hour after we stop listening to the music.” Some studies actually found that classical music in particular was better at producing this effect, most likely due to the complex structure of classical pieces.
Looking further into this phenomenon, the Telegraph states that “college students who listened to a Mozart sonata for a few minutes before taking a test that measured spatial relationship skills did better than students who took the test after listening to another musician or no music at all.” Maybe professors should start playing classical music before every test from now on!
Just because the myth of classical music making babies smarter has been debunked doesn’t mean you should put all your classical albums back on the shelf, though. Music in general can help tremendously in calming down fussy babies, and it can also help them fall asleep. Classical music might be the better choice for certain babies, depending on their unique personalities and different moods.
Do you play music for your baby? If you do, what kinds does your baby respond to best? Let us know!