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Listening to Music Will Not Make You
Smarter

         Music is a part of our life. Most
people choose to listen to music to release their stress and reduce the
pressure of daily life. Besides relaxing emotions, some students listen to
music while studying because they think that it is an effective way to help
them enhance their concentration. Also, some parents believe that listening to
classical music has significant benefits for a children’s brain development.
However, there are several misunderstandings about the relationship between the
music and the brain development. Learning to play music has abundant advantages
for brain development, but listening to music does not have any significant
impact for our brain. Simply listening to music will not increase intelligence,
improve concentration and memorization, or strengthen cognitive function. However,
music may make a person smarter if the person has music training or analyzes
music when he listens to music, actively participating in the music.

          People believe that the music can
increase the intelligence quotient because they are misled by the phrase of the
“Mozart effect”. According to “skeptic’s dictionary”, “The Mozart effect is a
term coined by Alfred A. Tomatis for the alleged increase in brain development
that occurs in children under age three when they listen to the music of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” (Carroll). The idea of Mozart effect is based on
research by the University of California, Irvine, which illustrates that some
interviewers have a cognitive improvement after listening to the Mozart Sonata.
When the research is published, people incontestably believe that listening to
classical music has a significant effect on the brain development; specially to
enhance the intelligence of young children and babies. Therefore, many schools
and parents practice the theory of the Mozart effect for improving the child’s
intelligence.

          People are misled by the term “Mozart
effect” because the experiment is focused on the college students but not focus
on children. According to journalist Claudia Hammond, “For a short time the
students were better at spatial tasks … But unfortunately, as the authors make
clear at the time, this effect lasts for about fifteen minutes” (Hammond). The
article points out that the effect does not last long, so listening to
classical music can stimulate the human brain to perform well within a short
time, but listening to Mozart or any other type of music does not have an
ability to improve the long-term intellectual development. In “Mozart nice but
doesn’t increase IQs”, the writer gets a similar result from another testing,
“The students who listened to the sonata did no better than …simply relaxed
before taking the test” (Rochelle). The concept of Mozart Effect informs some
parents and widely used in music education that gives an unclear idea to the
relationship between listening to music and brain development. However, in
recent year, many researchers prove that Mozart Effect does not have an amazing
outcome of the intelligence.

         Listening to music during studying has
a bad effect on people’s memorizing. According to the senior medical
correspondent Elizabeth Landau, “Music may impair cognitive abilities in these
scenarios because if you’re trying to memorize thing in order, you may get
thrown off by the changing words and notes in your chosen song.” (Landau). Most
people need to put effort and repeat the process several times to memorize a
new information. If the memorizing process in interrupted, people have to
establish the procedure again, and the effectiveness of learning become
decrease.

          Some students claim
that listening to music during the study can help them concentrate and
memorizing things, but this statement is only true under several conditions. Students
usually listen to popular songs while they study because music helps them to
stay away from the noise or distraction, but music with lyrics can decrease the
concentration of reading even though the song is student’s favor. In the
article “Does music help you study?”, “whether students enjoyed the music or
not, having it on while the worked was just as distracting as hearing someone
talk” (Doraiswam). Reading is the fundamental way for absorbing the knowledge and
learning, but listening to music, especially songs with lyrics, is like people
talking closely to you, and that can easily disturb the learning process, so
students studying without music have more efficiency of learning. Some
researchers state that listening to music could help people focus while
studying, but people need to fulfill several conditions for achieving the
statement. Listening to music help helps some people with studying because
music could create a relaxing atmosphere which is helpful for reducing blood pressures
and normalize heart rate. 

              Listening to music can help to modify people’s mood, but
passive listening does not improve cleverness because exercise is a crucial
element for enhancing brain function. According to the world-class
endurance athlete Christopher Bergland claims, “Researchers have known for
decades that aerobic exercise is good for the human brain…Researchers were
also able to artificially increase the levels of irisin in the blood which activated
genes involved in learning and memory” (Bergland). Also, a developmental
neurobiologist Mo Costandi says, “playing a musical instrument is a rich and
complex experience … and learning to do so can induce long-lasting changes in
the brain” (Costandi). Instrumental training involves the different parts of
the brain that improve different mental function. Also, the effect can hold for
a long time, but listening to music is a passive and anaerobic activity, and
people’s brains do nothing when they simply listen, so actively playing music
is a good way to increase the intelligence because people who play and listen
to music simultaneously can activate even more parts of the brain.

           Undoubtedly, listening to music is
useful for reducing the depression and releasing the stress, but listening to
music does not improve and sharpen the brain function directly or make people
smarter. Nevertheless, most people misunderstand the benefit between learning
an instrument and listening to music. Both activities are the relation to
music, but the effect of brain function are different. Although playing music
has a significant improvement for the brain development, passively listening to
music does not have the same effect.