The Mozart effect is the idea that if children listen to music composed by Mozart at a young age, they will become more intelligent.  This phenomenon was first suggested by a scientific study published in 1993, which sparked real media and public interest about the notion that listening to classical music will improve the brain.

Listening to classical music does appear to help our brains for certain kinds of thinking: after listening to classical music, adults are able to complete certain spatial tasks more quickly. This is because the classical music pathways in our brains are similar to the ones we use for spatial reasoning, making it easier to complete a task quickly. However the effect only lasts a short time: our improved spatial skills fade about an hour after we stop listening to the music. Classical music has many benefits: it can decrease stress levels, boost brain power, improve quality of sleep, develop memory and more. Listening to classical music in your spare time can really help you with your studies. Although some people may prefer to work in silence, classical music is a great way to keep focused and improve the quality of your revision. Katherine Hatch, an academic student at Tolworth Girls’ School says music helps her to focus on her studies: ‘listening to music really helps to improve my mood: I can de-stress and it encourages me to get more effective revision done in a quicker amount of time’.

Learning to play an instrument can have longer-lasting effects on spatial reasoning. Several studies have been completed that show children who took piano lessons for six months improved their ability to solve puzzles and tasks by as much as 30 percent.  Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what helps the brain work quicker.

Music can really make an impact on your life. Selecting the wrong music while studying can put you at a great disadvantage - avoid songs with lyrics that frequently change in volume.  Instead, choose instrumental music with no lyrics to help improve brain power and study skills.

Thanousha Ratnam, Tolworth Girls’ School