Will Music Lessons Make My Child Smarter?
Smarter than the kid next door? NO. Smarter than a year ago? YES.
I remember way back in the 1990’s the “Mozart Effect” was all the rage. I bought the book by Don Campbell. Parents of the children I was teaching bought the book. I recommended it to many. I was caught up in the moment. One of the parents enrolling in a newborn Mommy and Me class wanted to bring her child EVERY DAY to music class, in order to provide the best advantage. I discouraged it. I thought it was crazy. But it was working wonders for my music program!
The research done by Dr. Frances Rauscher, a psychologist,”reported that listening to Mozart’s music improved spatial reasoning for about 10 minutes.” And then everybody (especially Arts Advocacy groups) went wild! (click here for the NPR story).
There were many discussions about this at music conferences and especially over dinner, and my question was: How is it possible that just because I am a musician, I am smarter than my dad, a chemist? or smarter than my husband, an accountant? smarter than my sister, a journalist? smarter than my mother, a psychologist? smarter than my brother, a computer whiz? and the list goes on and on.
So here is what I believe. Music is one of multiple intelligences. Do a little research on Howard Gardner and multiple intelligences and you will see what I mean. I believe that we all have a little bit and sometimes even a lot, of each of these intelligences and the more opportunities we have to develop them, the better. Keep your brain stimulated. Keep your mind active. Learn new skills.
Music stimulates the heart, mind & soul.
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