Music can be an extremely powerful stimulant. It can completely sway our emotions. A soft, gentle song can make you hum in delight, a song about overcoming difficulties can make you optimistic and give you the strength to carry on, a soothing sound can help you sleep, and an energetic orchestra can make you feel excited.
Several studies have been carried out that illustrate the effect that music can have on our mind. Some of these studies have predominantly focused on how music can affect the minds of babies. It is believed that music can actually affect the way our mind functions, especially during our developmental years.
♬ Classical Music and Its Effect on Infants
♪ Whether classical music has an effect on babies is widely disputed, but this effect has been widely christened the Mozart effect. While it may or may not be agreed that it makes someone smarter, it is believed that music can have an influence on one’s mood and language skills.
♪ The importance of music is a matter that has been studied widely, and its effect on one’s mood and minds has been widely accepted. This effect is not restricted only to infants but can also be seen in adults.
♪ According to scientists, listening to classical music during your infancy will not make you smarter, but it does have an effect on the passages that are built in the brain to facilitate the functioning of neurons. It is a well-known fact that with age the number of neurons that we use depletes, and exposing babies to stimuli like classical music can improve the functioning of neurons, which results in ready acceptance of knowledge and talent.
♪ Have you ever been shocked at news reports of child prodigies who can play symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven at the age of three? Well, chances are that these kids were exposed to classical music as infants. Not only do they remember these pieces of music, but they also retain the ability to process and remember any other information they were exposed to while listening to classical music.
♪ Studies have also shown that classical music can actually improve your spatial abilities and aid your language learning skills. Research has shown that babies who were exposed to classical music tend to have much higher spatial IQs compared to babies who were not made to listen to classical music.
♪ When exposed to classical music, babies’ ability to understand language and learn was much better, as listening to classical music helped them understand and differentiate between complex sounds.
♪ As with adults, the mood of a baby can also be greatly affected by the music that is playing in the background. Classical music can have a huge effect on a baby’s health. It has been observed that listening to classical music can help calm the mind of an infant and also alleviate pain, especially in babies who are born premature.
If you are a new parent who wants to ensure that your baby benefits a lot, then you can introduce your child to classical music at an early age by playing music for them. The Mozart effect that has been discussed in this article is an observation that is still highly debated. While definitely not harmful for your child, it should be seen as a learning aid and nothing more than that.