The Mozart effect refers to research that listening to classical music in pregnancy can make your unborn child smarter.
There is no scientific evidence that this statement is true because how would you test this?
We already have no clue really what the fetus is taking in whilst in the womb. We know the basics when baby can move and hear and even open his eyes, but we aren’t able to measure brain capacity.
To know what a baby is thinking at any given time in the womb would be near on impossible.
Listening to Mozart stimulates the left side of the brain which can maybe make you smarter, a study tested this theory on a group of students who listened to Mozart before taking a test that measured spatial relationship skills performed better than those who did not listen to the music. The results were temporary they only lasted 15 minutes and are highly controversial.
Coincidence? Possibly. My personal opinion is that the statement is true.
I didn’t play Classical music in either of my pregnancies. Whilst pregnant with Max I listened to the radio quite often and when pregnant with Kai there was no time really for listening to music other than when in the car.
What I can confirm is that classical music was one of the only thing’s that would calm Max when having a “Mad Max” moment. He also listened to classical FM every night for the first year of his life.
He also listened to classical FM every night for the first year of his life.
I think it helped him to become the smarty pants that he is.
He is way ahead for a 2-year-old with his logic and his vocabulary (I know I’m totally biased, but it is true). He speaks in full sentences is learning new words every day. He picks things up very quickly. Don’t get me wrong I’m not in full “smother” mode here he is by no means perfect, he can be a typical two-year-old when it comes to meltdowns.
I’ve heard in the past of mummy’s playing a certain song in pregnancy and that song being the only thing to soothe their baby once they were born. Babies defiantly respond better to music and singing that to any other type of calming method.
Where testing the theory with Kai, the radio is set to classical FM each night. Time will tell if this has an effect on his development.
Time will tell if this has an effect on his development.
I took to the bloggersphere to find out what other mummy’s thought about this theory:
Kim from OddHogg:
Personally – I don’t believe it has any affect on how smart you are. However, I play classical music and I do believe it can have a calming effect on the pregnant mother, which can only benefit a growing baby!
Jen from Just average Jen
My son kicked loads in my tummy whenever bodyrockers I like the way you move came on in shops etc. Not classical I know but as a newborn he always startled and looked around if he heard it again. So I think what you play when pregnant must make a difference though no idea on classical I’m afraid.
Pippa from A Mothers Ramblings :
I was always playing music (classical and contemporary) to my bumps as I’d heard that it would help as a teenager and stored it for later use.
Has it worked? Well I think so. The first time I realised something was different was when my old next door neighbour was talking to me. His wife was/is deaf and she would lip read most people. She had said previously that she found it hard to lip read children. Top Ender was only one/two at the time, but was quite a chatty one and my neighbour loved talking to her as she could read her lips. Her husband wanted me to know as it was so special to them.
Both my two have a really high vocabulary and Tops is on the G&T program ( or whatever they call it these days!).
I spend a lot of time with teachers (friends, governor) and they often comment on my children’s intelligence.
Both of them love music, play music, write music and have the associated math skills too (apparently gifted musicians are generally also good at maths).
Dan Jon Jr absorbs a lot of information, he is like a sponge and every so often comes out with random facts that he read or heard etc. His teacher cracks up over him because he has a relevant comment or fact or story for everything!
They both still react to music I played a lot to them and even now if they want to concentrate they put on classical music!
And lastly Mandy from The Speed Bump:
I put headphones on my tummy and played music while I was pregnant. Not Mozart, though… more like 80s rock. She loves listening to Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Meatloaf etc in the car now so I’d say the music your baby hears in the womb could have an effect on them, but there’s so many other factors at play too. My daughter is quite advanced for her age but I think that’s sheer luck rather than having a mum with excellent taste in music
What’s your opinion on this, is a load of baloney or is there something toI’d love to know your thoughts on the matter?
Did you play music to your child when pregnant and do you think it has affected them in any way?