Essay Mozart Effect Field Research

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Mozart Effect Field Research
Diana Slade
September 30, 2013
Dr. Debra Jennings

Mozart Effect Field Research

Many parents have come to believe that music, especially classical music played during pregnancy or in the nursery of their newborns would make their precious bundle of joy smarter. Is there science to prove that this is true, or is it just a quick way to sale books, cd, and videos’. The Mozart Effect drove expectant mothers and mothers of young children to believe that through this music their child would become exceptional learners. What parent would not want the best for their child? Parents are desperate to give their children every enhancement that they can.
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Patterns and sequence can be found in every piece of music because they are built into the melody or lyric. According to research, critical early math and early reading is developed through learning patterns and sequence. Songs like Old McDonald Had a Farm and Farmer in the Dale are just a few examples of songs children learn to decipher sequences in music. Even babies as young as eight months have shown recognition of a familiar piece of music after a two week delay (IIari & Polka, 2006). Young babies that are exposed to consistent experiences by hearing the same song at the same time of day or night. This method allows babies to remember and link the experience to that particular of music. Phonic awareness is associated with how well a child can recognize, hear and use different sounds. Research shows that children who are able to distinguish different sounds and phonemes are more likely to develop stronger literacy skills over time (Ehri et al. 2001). Discrimination can be learned through the experiment of different kinds of music and instruments. Through the experience of instrument and sound they are able to understand the difference in pitch, tone, timbre and volume. Through pretend play and symbolic play children are able to learn one object can represent another object. This can be a huge leap I building thinking skills. Receptive language can be seen in listening to music. Music does not need words to express feelings or images (Parlakian, 2010).

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