Does listening to Mozart really make kids smarter?

Mozart made some beautiful music, but he’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

But he became much more popular in the early 90s after a study showed that kids who listened to Mozart had better spatial abilities than kids who didn’t.

Spatial ability involves aptitude for analyzing and comprehending, which plays into recognition of patterns and critical problem solving.

In short, advanced spatial ability equals smarts.

So for years, parents, day-care centers, pediatricians, etc., have been pumping Don Giovanni and other Mozart favorites into little ears, certain the little brains were getting sharp.

Turns out they weren’t.

Psychologists from the University of Vienna reviewed dozens of studies that addressed the Mozart/spatial ability question. Their conclusion: Kids might learn to love (or maybe hate) classical music, but if they bring home straight As, it won’t be because of the maestro.

If you want to make kids smarter, minimize their intake of sugar, television, video games, and the Internet. Then maximize their intake of nutrients that we KNOW support cognitive function–vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids for starters.

Then put on some tunes you like and dance around with your brainy kids.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson


“Listening to Mozart Won’t Make Your Child Smarter” Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News, 5/14/10,