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The Mozart Effect

Accelerated Learning with the Mozart Effect
Combining music and learning opens the doors to long-term memory, creativity, and brain cell growth. Music has the power to arouse our emotions and relax our minds. It can slow down our heartbeat, lower our blood pressure, and make us feel calm and secure.

Music has the power to arouse our emotions and relax our minds. It can slow down our heartbeat, lower our blood pressure, and make us feel calm and secure.

Teachers use Marshall's music in the classroom because it...
Mozart• Establishes a positive learning state
• Creates a desired atmosphere
• Energizes learning activities
• Focuses concentration
• Increases attention
• Improves memory
• Releases tension
• Enhances imagination
• Inspires and motivates

In 1993, Fran Rauscher, a neuroscientist, and her colleagues at the University of California at Irvine measured the impact of listening to classical music before taking a test.

They found that students who listened to Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major for ten minutes not only raised their test scores in spatial and abstract reasoning, but they also gained nine points on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale!

The control group, which either worked in silence or listened to a relaxation tape, showed almost no improvement.

As a result of Rausher's research, the term Mozart Effect began to be applied to the possibility that Mozart's music in particular could improve learning and memory.

In 2004 Rauscher and her collaborator Hong Hua Li, a geneticist at Stanford University, found that patients with Alzheimer's disease performed better on spatial and social tasks after listening to Mozart.

They also reported that Mozart's sonata helped to calm electrical activity associated with seizures in the brains of severely epileptic patients.


Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom
by Chris Boyd Brewer

How is it that for most people music is a powerful part of their personal life and yet when we go to work or school we turn it off? The intentional use of music in the classroom will set the scene and learning atmosphere to enhance our teaching and learning activities. Plus, using music for learning makes the process much more fun and interesting! Music, one of the joys of life, can be one of the joys of learning as well.

Alfred Tomatis and the Power of Sound
Another facet of music and learning comes from the brilliant French physician Alfred Tomatis, who greatly increased our understanding of the brain in relation to sound and the ability to listen.

"When Listening Comes Alive:
A Guide to Effective Learning and Communication"

by Paul Madaule

This book is an inspiring account of how Alfred Tomatis transformed Madaule's life, plus a clear explanation of the principles behind his remarkable transformation.

Paul Madaule re-awakens the skill of listening that each of us has -- a skill that can improve communication, creativity and learning ability, allowing for a fuller and more energetic life. He demystifies the Tomatis Method of Listening training as both clinician and client. Diagnosed as dyslexic at an early age. Paul Madaule experienced a remarkable recovery with the help of this method. This is a book about listening at all stages -- for parents-to-be, hard-working professionals, teachers, early childhood educators and parents seeking help for learning disabled children or difficult teenagers. When Listening Comes Alive is a guide to a healthier, more holistic way of living.

Learn more about Paul Madaule.

To learn more about Madaule's clinic, go to: Listening Centre