Music has long been known to stimulate humans physically, emotionally and mentally. The resounding buzz made by Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky's study gave rise to the proposition that Mozart's music has a positive effect on babies.
Since the sense of hearing is one of the senses that develops earlier during the 5th month of pregnancy, many believed that fetal exposure to music during this period results in enhanced intellectual development. Babies inside the womb react and move to the auditory stimuli they hear. This was taken as a strong evidence for an increased level of cognitive development in babies stimulated by music, particularly the classical type like that of Mozart's.
In our world today where everything is visual, more often than not its the visual sense that takes over the child's development. Cartoons, children programs, and the likes has been develop to cater the visual senses. According to Bonnie Ward Simon, a music educator, author and president of Magic Music Maestro, a Washington-based multimedia company, these visual plethora of things have produced pre-programmed images on a child's mind. The child's ability to form mental images has been compromised.
At any rate, music is an aural art and children have the natural inkling to listening. Since the ears and the sense of hearing is fully mature and development even right before birth, infants begins to learn through the sounds from their environment. Music is a good training for a child's listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
Aside from that, music also provides a fantastic avenue in helping develop your child's linguistic, emotional, and motor skills in a fun and enjoyable way.
Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found evidence that the processing of music and language do depend on some of the same brain systems. This shows the strong connection between language development and musical ability.
The complex patterns of classical music can help a baby distinguish similar sounds. Babies have the natural tendency to be drawn to familiar rhythms and tunes. Thus, they in turn would learn to distinguish the different sounds and rhythms of a classical piece. Consequently, developing the skills necessary to learn language more quickly.
Classical music, especially the slow soft ones, had a calming effect on babies. Listening to this type of music makes them relax and reduces their fussiness. Furthermore, soft classical music can do wonders on a babies mood. Listening to such music helps the body creates endorphins, which are natural relaxants released in the brain. Endorphins can improve mood and relax the body. This sets the babies mood to relax and get ready to rest. On the other hand, fast-paced classical music makes them upbeat, joyous and full of energy. Music like this is suitable during playtime or other activities that requires movement for babies.
To sum it up, music is an effective stimuli. Yet, learning is an experience which is different from one person to another. Thus, music can never become a sole basis on human intellectual enhancements. But rather an aide to it.