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Raising Your Children' IQ through Music - Tips and Methods

By Andrew Loh

Music is potentially very powerful tool in providing a brain-enhancing effect that eventually leads to an all-round development of different brain functions. Not all music can enhance your children's IQ. However, some of them can easily influence the way in which children think and perform. Such types of music can lead to forging of new nerve connections within the brain and make them convey impulses in a rapid manner. The benefits of learning music are numerous. Each musical instrument has its own IQ enhancing effect.

Quick IQ increase: Music is equal to better mental health and streamlined brain functioning. It is also good for arranging brain cells in a sequential manner. The frequencies used in classical music are specific and sequential. This arrangement can easily place your children's mind in different, yet specific states of activity. Classical music can easily enhance IQ by at least 10 points. Classical music consists of sounds, tone and melodies those mimic natural rhythm and flow of the brain. In other words, the rhythm of the brain is in complete synchronicity with that of the classical music. In any way, classical music can help your children focus on their studies and homework.

Playing instruments can help improve memory and brain functions: Playing an instrument demands considerable attention and concentration. In turn, this will help children in focusing on their studies. Improved concentration means better classroom performance. Both piano and violin are useful in enhancing attention span in children. These instruments are very difficult to play. They also demand better concentration and focus before achieving excellence.

Brain and music harmonics are almost similar: Brain harmonics imitate the harmonies of music. Specific sounds and frequencies have the ability to strike specific sections of brain in a sequential manner. Music in audio form has the ability to place the brain in highly focused and specialized mental status.

Mozart Effect - The Wonderful Potion to Enhance IQ

Mozart effect is the most celebrated musical term in the world. Researchers and academicians refer to this effect as a potion to enhance brain functions and IQ. This effect involves a special and specific sonata (sonata K448) composed by Mozart. The Mozart Effect refers to passive listening to Mozart compositions that enhance spatial abilities in humans. Researchers recommend a mere 10-mins audio listening to Mozart can help enhance positive mood, relax and sooth the brain and help enhance thinking power. In other words, Mozart Effect could act as a powerful tool to jack up IQ in listeners. Although it is not a wonder drug to enhance one's IQ in a remarkable way, it is still a great way to enhance IQ among children. It is most likely that the classical music can enhance total cognitive arousal and attention span.

Just listening to Mozart may not be enough to enhance IQ among children. The best combination is to learn how to play his compositions by playing an instrument, especially violin and piano. Research findings suggest us that brain scan of children playing a musical instrument showed both left and right side of brain acting like a highly energetic pinball machine. It means that the both lobes of the brain become highly energetic and active thereby exposing all nerve cells to great activity.

Here are some simple methods and techniques that you can use in your home to make children learn and master music:

  • Bring home audio CDs of great classical composers like Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Chopin.

  • Buy a piano or a violin for your children.

  • Enroll them to a music lesson class to learn how to play instruments.

  • Make it a regular habit to take them to music school.

  • Take them to an opera or a classical musical concert.

  • Bring home books and magazines on classical music.

  • Ask your children to take music lessons in their school.

  • Learn how to listen to music and expose your children to that habit.

  • Play classical music when your children go to bed and let the music play in the background.

  • Playing Mozart needs considerable expertise and skills. You can take your children to a teacher who knows how to play Mozart.

In all, some of the mental functions that tend to improve after listening and playing to classical music is:

  • Spatial ability

  • Temporal thinking

  • Critical thinking

  • Reading ability

  • Visualization and imagination

  • Better memory and attention span

  • Concentration improvement

  • Better brain function processing that leads to increased math ability

Music lessons increase musical aptitudes that subsequently enhance brain functions. Better brain function is a combination of several mental faculties. In other words, music could be a surefire way to enhance IQ in your children.

Featured Resource

Nurturing Your Child With Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart, and Confident Children
By John M., Ortiz Ph.D.

With its emphasis on music as both healing agent and spur to creativity, this book takes its place on the shelf next to The Mozart Effect. Aimed at family interactions, it offers a number of creative methods for initiating and maintaining relaxed and productive home environments.

Beginning with the prenatal period, the book offers mothers-to-be ways to create positive musical vibrations to communicate to their babies. For toddlers, the book serves as a manual for everything from learning their ABCs to establishing secure identities. Music can stimulate young children or help them relax and go to sleep. It also aids preadolescents in dealing with the emotional ups and downs of those years.


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