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Mozart Effect For Children Book Review

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The Mozart Effect for Children Throughout this book the author Don Campbell illustrates the affects of the Mozart Effect on children from pre-birth up until ten years of age. The Mozart Effect is a term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being. It represents the general use of music to reduce stress, depression, or anxiety. It is to induce relaxation or sleep, activate the body, and improve memory awareness. The innovative and experimental uses of music and sound can improve listening disorders, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other mental and physical disorders. This definition is carried through the theme of this book from the first page right up until the back cover. A major part of this book is the author's explanation, the background, and how the Mozart Effect came to being. The Mozart effect is a study that goes back about fifty years beginning in the late 1950's when Dr. Alfred Tomatoes studied the auditory stimulation on children with speech and communication disorders. By 1990 there were hundred of centers throughout the world using Mozart's music containing high frequencies, especially the violin to help children with numerous types of disorders as listed in my opening paragraph. In recent decades, an enormous amount of research has been conducted on specific ways in sound, rhythm, and music can improve our lives. The results of the research using Mozart's music have been stunning and have given the rise to the term the Mozart Effect. "I use the phrase to encompass the phenomena as the ability of Mozart's music to temporarily heighten spatial awareness and intelligence, it's power to improve listeners' concentration and speech abilities, it's tendency to advance the jump in reading and language skills among children who receive regular music instruction, and the startling increase in SAT scores among students who sing or play an instrument (pg. 8, Campbell)." There are also many areas where the Mozart Effect can play a great part of a child's life such areas as reducing stress or physical pain and the development of motor skills etc...Campbell gives many examples of the Mozart Effect being exemplified throughout the entire book. An example of this is of a music educator Grace Nash who was consigned to a Japanese Prison camp. During this time she was pregnant with her third child. During her whole time of being pregnant she paced the camp always humming familiar songs to her unborn child. Also, during nighttime blackouts she would play her violin for the prisoners. And after her son was born, while she was still a prisoner she would sing to him constantly, especially while nursing to calm her own fears and to reassure her son. To her amazement her son began to sing small syllables, phrases, and words long before he was able to speak at the age of one... Nash later learned that this was a common occurrence in cultures that retain singing as integral part of...

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