It is a long established fact that music affects our moods. A soft instrumental piece can lull us to sleep; a grand chorus can bring excitement; an upbeat song encourages people to dance.
The Mozart Effect theorizes that listening to classical music improves a person’s spatial reasoning. It does not necessarily mean that this makes babies smarter, only that it primes the mind for certain types of thinking. It has been found that the brain pathways created when one listens to classical music is similar to those used for spatial tasks such as putting together a puzzle, etc.
This does not mean, however, that types of music other than classical aren’t good. The reason for this unique preference is that classical music has a more complex structure compared to other genres, and it is this complexity that stimulates the brain for spatial reasoning.
In addition, classical music can also improve a child’s ability to learn a language and to distinguish sounds. A recent study has shown a strong connection between language development and musical ability. “It is necessary to learn to identify auditory differences in order to develop both language and music skills.”
Aside from mental and intellectual benefits, classical music also invites calmness. When a baby listens to the likes of Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven, his breathing will become deeper and slower, and the quality of sleep and rest improves.
When people often say that classical music makes babies smarter, there’s actually a scientific explanation behind it. And whether or not it’s a guarantee, there’s no harm in trying to create the geniuses of the next generation.