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Is the Music Math System™ the same as the Mozart Effect?


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No. The Mozart Effect was the result of a study done with college students, not babies. While the findings showed great potential for the power of music, the music's intellectual component needs to match the brain of the listener. Complete works of Mozart are wonderful examples of music and artistry, but far too complex to be comprehended by an infant or baby, who is brand new to the world, and – for example – just learning the difference between up and down.
The MusicMath System is designed specifically to match the development of your baby's brain. Through the mathematical component of musical tones, we can now project the concepts of pure math to the developing brain, in a way that your baby can understand it.


What exactly is the Mozart Effect?

In early 1992, researchers from the University of California, Irvine discovered that college students  exhibited better temporal reasoning skills on Math tests while a Mozart Piano Sonata was being played. This was a significant discovery, but it only lasted 10 minutes. "The Mozart Effect" was a term coined after Dr. Gordon Shaw and Dr. Frances Rauscher completed their now-famous study. It is important to note that the study was never intended for babies, and the researchers never expected the findings to be twisted by the media and turned into Mozart for Babies.


Is it wrong to play Mozart for your baby?

Of course not. Music is a great language in itself and a wonderful means for expression and should be enjoyed by everyone of all ages. The MusicMath System, in sharp contrast, is math through the vehicle of music.  It is not created as music but as a presentation of physics and math. Then it is delivered through musical tones, rather than a spoken language. Most neurologists and child education experts agree that the powers of music in general are numerous, even if not always directly measurable.  In the mid-90's, Dr Gordon Shaw's team created "The M.I.N.D Institute", dedicated to the study of how music affects the brain and development in school children. They found that there is a significant correlation between math, music, and brain function, and they began to implement study programs in the Orange County, CA school systems using their new Math/Music model – with good success.


"Music will not only help us understand how we think, reason, and create, but will enable us to learn how to bring each child's potential to its highest level."

Dr. Gordon Shaw, Co-Founder and Chairman, the M.I.N.D Institute


Why the MusicMath System™ is more effective than the Mozart Effect.

The current school system teaches only language-based math equations, word problems and memorization. But students need to understand the concepts behind math, and it is a brain function called spatial-temporal reasoning (understanding and being able to SEE the concepts behind math) that helps people visualize and understand a problem at a higher level. Spatial-temporal reasoning is the ability to think in patterns and pictures, and is crucial in math, especially in proportional reasoning. Einstein said he utilized spatial-temporal reasoning when he wrote down his equations.


The MusicMath System™ is designed to enhance spatial-temporal reasoning making it more effective than simply listening to Mozart.

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