Is classical music, the key to becoming more educated? Founded in the earliest days of the baroque and romantic eras, it is the first written piece of music for people to enjoy. With many famous composers such as Beethoven or Mozart etc, it has been also been a world-wide dominating source of music when it comes to studying.
A study introduced by Dr. Alfred Tomatis in the late 1950s coined a term called the Mozart Effect which allowed people who listened to Mozart’s music to improve their mindset mentally. Later in the 1990’s, another research study done in University of California Irvine proved that listening to classical music had helped students earn eight points higher on an IQ test than the people who did not.
In an interview with JSR, Maggie Forth, a freshman in West Ranch High School, said: “yes I do think that using classical music helps while studying because it really helps my mind focus and do better on my tests.”
However, JSR interviewed another student, Crystal Lee at West Ranch High School,who stated: “No, I don’t really listen to music when I’m studying intensely because it can sometimes be a distraction.” Overall, with these two different mindsets on studying, we can only question which one is the better alternative for us.
After doing multiple of the same studies, the Mozart study was quickly abolished as a misrepresentation when other studies started the same trend with contrasting results from the initial experiment. Classical music was proven unsuccessful with the Mozart Effect and instead resulting in improved sleeping, lessened anxiety, increased memory that results in a smarter mind.
. Overall, the misrepresentation of classical music helped prove that studying can come from two different sources: listening to music and the other, having none at all. To clarify, people can often get deluded evidence to mix in with the real answers. Although having classical music doesn’t grant immediate brilliance, it ensures the people to get higher marks by granting them more sleep, less stress, and help with drawing back memories to help you on the path of being smarter.