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When I hear a song by Mozart I tend to think of the grand Classical Style the Great Baroque Cathedrals and the Symphonic Orchestras Todays modern recording technology can store all that grandness in a digital disk the size of my hand But what could that Mozart CD possibly have to do with a package of disposable diapers Recent studies show that babies respond to music emotionally the same way that adults do When Newborns hear the sad funeral passages of Berliozs Symphonie Fantastasique they squirm and even cry but when the music changes to the lighthearted waltz sections the babies quickly become alert and content Infants as young as 6 months old can distinguish changes in such basic music components as pitch tempo and melodic contour They even smile when they hear perfect fourth and perfect fifth intervals Even though this shows that infants have the same music appreciation abilities as adults the idea that listening to Mozart will improve a childs academics remains unproved What Science HAS proven is that keyboard instruction making music instead of just listening to it seems to almost exercise the brain Playing music sends signals through otherwise stagnant neurological pathways in the brain These signals excite parts of the brain that rarely receive stimulus and without music training at an early age may never develop This in turn causes these rarely used pathways to be available for other messages as well which in turn increases the total activity and efficiency of the brain especially concerning the areas of math logic and coordination Thomas Jefferson began to play the violin at a very early age and it was a hobby he stuck to all his life One of his servants once said about him He keeps three fiddles played in the afternoons and sometimes after supper This was in his early time When he began to git so
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