Something that tends to be forgotten throughout high school and college is the power that music has on all aspects of everday life. With the power of music comes love, passion, belief, and even knowledge. Studies have shown a particular genre of music that strengthens the mind and can cause a student to perform well on a test or focus on studying. This theory has been labeled as “The Mozart Effect.”
“The Mozart Effect” has been seen as extremely effective in classroom settings. In 1993, scientists at UC Irvine had college students listen to either Mozart’s Sonata, a relaxation tape, or silence for 10 minutes then had them take a spatial reasoning test directly after. Results showed that the student’s scores improved after listening to the Mozart tape. The scientists concluded that the sound of the music shared a pathway in the brain with spatial abilities and therefore must have “warmed up” the brain for spatial reasoning.
The overall health and well-being of individuals have also been seen as transformed by “The Mozart Effect.” Uses of sound have been proven to activate the body, relieve stress, and induce sleep or relaxation. The music is sequenced according to soft key, tempo, and other factors that contribute to psychological and physical responses from the brain. It’s mellow, soft tone makes for an incredible environment to cleanse the mind and focus on relaxation. When listened to frequently, Mozart’s musical composition can shape a mind connected to less stress and can also contribute to the overall well-being of an indvidual.
I thought I’d test this theory out myself by having my roommate listen to Mozart before she studied for her mid-term. She noticed that throughout the entire period of studying, she felt very calm and was able to pay attention without being distracted by her thoughts or other loud noises. The musical effect allowed her to study more efficiently and she was able to feel a sense of ease after stressing out about her upcoming exam.
For students that often worry too much and feel as if they have too much on their plate, Mozart’s music can really make a difference. Even though it may not be the average students preferred choice of musical genre, studies have proven it’s variety of positive effects on the brain. Not only can it help students with studying and test scores, but it can provide them with a way to relax and succeed regularly.