The Mozart effect and your children's homework

Listening to Mozart's music according to neurological studies, gives incredible benefits to the brain.

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Listening to Mozart's music according to neurological studies, gives incredible benefits to the brain. Learn in this post how the Mozart effect positively influences your children's homework, in this quarantine by COVID-19.

Music represents a constant and inexhaustible source of creativity; studies have revealed that playing an instrument or participating in a choral and instrumental grouping, as well as incorporating music in classes of various subjects, generates positive effects on learning, enthusiasm, motivation, and behavior.

In this regard, Don Campbell, in his book "The Mozart effect" indicates that in 1996, the commission in charge of taking admission exams at the various university institutes in the United States would conclude that the students who entered higher education with previous musical studies obtained scores higher than the average students in areas such as oral ability and mathematics.

Campbell continues to cite that in this regard, the director of the University of Michigan School of Music at Mount Pleasant would express that studies in the various artistic disciplines have a cumulative effect which, over time, has a decisive influence on obtaining high levels of scores on standard tests by students.

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Campbell also mentions that between 1983 and 1988 a study would be carried out with 7,500 students from an average University in the United States, where it could be observed that students who were studying music obtained higher scores in the reading area than the the rest of the students of said University, including those who were studying English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.

Jean Paul Despin in his work "The cerebral hemispheres" says that in the teaching area any strategy that proposes to develop a brain mechanics of dynamic equilibrium between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, must be carried out by engaging both hemispheres in an authentic way. 

Despin continues affirming that in this sense, music will always be the ideal means to develop this cerebral phenomenon, since, when a child performs a musical work, he does so with the abilities of the left hemisphere (analytical function), but the interpretation of what has been performed it is processed by the right hemisphere (sensory function).

In other words, the role of music in stimulating the linguistic and analytical is fundamental, the activity of reading belongs to the left hemisphere, but given the interrelationship between the hemispheres, the understanding of reading is complemented by the right hemisphere, which governs sensitivity and emotions.

In conclusion, we can assure that the Mozart effect in the development of intelligence starts from the beginning of the development of creativity. Creativity understood as the friction of the brain's hemispheres, which will facilitate their due interconnection and interrelation in the production of knowledge.

What will be the benefits of the Mozart effect on completing your children's homework in quarantine?

Don Campbell in this regard assures in his book the "Mozart Effect" that the benefits of children performing their school duties with Mozart's music will be the following:

  • Mozart's instrumental music, in major keys and in a walking or slow tempo, will provide a relaxing effect on the development of children's activities, as well as help them relieve stress and anxiety
  • Mozart's music can improve focus on a task by providing motivation and improving mood. And this is because music releases the hormone dopamine in the brain, being the cause of the emotions of joy and happiness.
  • Mozart's music will help with memorization, creating a positive mood, which will indirectly enhance memory formation.
  • Furthermore, Mozart's music can have a therapeutic influence (music therapy) in the cure of severe cases of depression, and also in stimulating the development of the auditory and nervous systems.

Here is a link to the Sonata in F major for violin and piano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to help your children do their homework in quarantine: