Music is the single most inspirational tool the world has. Music has the ability to change, mold, and harden beliefs. The question, however, is whether or not these audio drugs can actually improve performance in science and mathematics. Personally, I do not believe listening to a specific kind of music will heighten your mental limits.
I will use myself as an example, and a good one at that. I just finished up my freshmen year at high school, and after making the ‘A’ honor roll in the second trimester, I ended the year with a 3.765 GPA. Now, I know that isn’t stellar, but it is well above satisfactory. And I don’t listen to the Beethoven and Bach that so many college studies suggest improve understanding of science and mathematics. I never listened to any classical music as a baby (I checked with my parents to be sure), and I currently listen to bands such as Rise Against, Three Days Grace, and Linkin Park. All of which are extremely far from anything Tchaikovsky ever composed.
Now it’s time for some study results. If you search the web for this topic, you’ll probably come across the definition of the term Mozart effect. The Mozart effect is, and I quote, Popularized versions of the theory, which suggest that listening to Mozart makes you smarter, or that early childhood exposure to classical music has a beneficial effect on mental development. In simpler words, the Mozart effect states that listening to music by Mozart will have a positive mental effect on you. So they’re saying that the compositions of this man in particular have some sort of magical power that will improve your science and math reasoning. Sounds a little bit fishy to me.
When I was six years old, my parents started me in piano. Throughout the five years I took lessons, I incessantly begged them, my parents, to let me quit. I simply didn’t like the instrument or the sounds that resonated from it. They constantly reminded me of their belief that playing the piano (only the piano, no other instrument) would later increase my performance in science in mathematics. Do you see the link here? It seems to me that just about anything will increase your performance in these subjects! Telling people that anything to do with the piano will make you smarter must be some weird trend among the pianists out there.
My point is this: feel free to play Mozart quietly in your baby’s bedroom at night, as it’s definitely not going to have any bad influence on their development, but once you’re grown up I don’t think it will have any effect whatsoever. Listen to whatever kind of music you want, and love every second of it.