Music : What We Can And Can Not Conclude About The Association

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Music is known as “the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both” (Dictionary.com). It plays a major role in the lives of the individuals. According to Gilberto Yocupicio, a music therapy student, music can transmit messages subconsciously, aid in emotional instability, and give pleasure to the listener. Can a series of sounds also affect someone’s learning ability? According to the article, “SAT Scores of Students Who Study the Arts: What We Can and Cannot Conclude about the Association” by Kathryn Vaughn and Ellen Winner from the Journal of Aesthetic Education, students that take music classes tend to have higher SAT scores . Listening to classical music can “excite” the brain, making it work harder and quicker towards development. The Mozart Effect is a well-known example that supports the claim that music can affect someone’s learning. An analysis of the Mozart effect and its history will demonstrate its benefits towards a person’s cognitive function, IQ scores, and spatial reasoning.
To begin with, the term Mozart Effect originated from an experiment that was performed by psychologists Frances H. Rauscher, Gordon L. Shaw, and Catherine N. Ky in the year 1993. They used standardized tests to measure the abstract operations and spatial reasoning of their subjects, thirty six college students separated into three groups (Rauscher). These tests would…

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