Can Music Education Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?

MusicEchoing Mozart: Discovering a Link between the Brain and Music
When Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher published the results of their study on the relationship between music and spatial task performance in 1993, the "Mozart effect" became a popular term. It referred to the study's findings that ten minutes of listening to Mozart can boost one's spatial-temporal intelligence. But why Mozart? According to Marion Diamond, who describes the inception of Shaw's hypothesis in her book, Magic Trees of the Mind, the idea began when Shaw attended a lecture on how the brain transmits neural messages.

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