If you’re researching double bass lessons in London for your child (or yourself), you may well have come across the term ‘the Mozart effect’. Much has been said in the past about the power of classical music and how it can impact on mental acuity – but is there any truth to the matter?

In 1993, a study was conducted by Rauscher et al that suggested that if you listen to Mozart’s sonata for two pianos for just ten minutes, you would exhibit significantly improved spatial reasoning skills than after listening to relaxation instructions specifically designed to reduce blood pressure.

People often suggest that playing classical music to babies can have an impact on their overall intelligence levels, but Rauscher was quick to stress that the Mozart effect as she saw it was only related to spatial temporal reasoning – and that it had no effect on general intelligence.

Certainly, exposing your child to classical music at an early age is unlikely to have a detrimental effect on their development. There are now many musicians around the UK that put on classical concerts for newborn babies and toddlers, so if you’ve yet to take your youngsters to such a performance you may like to do so in the new year.

Bach to Baby, for example, runs all year round in Kent, London, Surrey and Thames Valley, with guest artists such as pianist Anna Tillbrook and classical guitarist Amanda Cook. You can find out more about the acclaimed concert series on their website – why not see if there’s anything going on near you soon?

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