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It has been proven that exposure to music raises a persons intelligence level This is especially true for young children The earlier you start a child in music the more advanced their spatial reasoning skills mathematics and engineering Georgias Governor Zell Miller realized the importance of music in a childs development and was providing cassettes or compact discs of classical music to every newborn baby in Georgia The January 14 1998 edition of the Washington Post reported on Georgia Governor Zell Millers proposal to provide the parents of every Georgia newborn with a classical music recording in order to boost the infants intelligence later in life According to the article Gov Miller enlisted the expert knowledge of Atlanta Symphony conductor Yoel Levi to help select the pieces for the recordings which would be distributed to the parents of the approximately 100000 babies born each year in the southern state The Governor hopes that the recordings would be played often in each babys presence The 105000 initiative is part of the state budget currently being debated in the Georgia legislature The article continues with the Governors paraphrasing of recent research revealing the benefits of music training and listening especially at an early age The Governor is quoted saying Research shows that reading to an infant talking with an infant and especially having that infant listen to soothing music helps develop those trillions of brain connections to develop especially the ones related to math As part of the ARTSEDGE Virtual Conference The Role of Technology in Elementary Music Education Dr Frances H Rauscher Assistant Professor of Child Development at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh wrote a paper entitled Music Training and Spatial-Temporal Reasoning which focused on the very research which Gov Miller quotes In her paper Dr Rauscher reveals that music training provided to young children causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal abilities1 Dr Rauschers paper explains that the neural networks that are used
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