Tuesday, August 18, 2009


I downloaded 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies' an orchestra piece from Tchaikovsky's famous dance from the Nutcracker Suite. It is described as bright, calming and mystical and it is exactly like that. I see similarities with the Mozart Effect and I believe I would use this piece in my classroom quietly playing in the back ground to raise the energy of my students.

The Mozart Effect is an inclusive term signifying the transformational powers of music in health, education, and well-being. It represents the general use of music to reduce stress, depression, or anxiety; induce relaxation or sleep; activate the body; and improve memory or awareness. Innovative and experimental uses of music and sound can improve listening disorders, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other mental and physical disorders and injuries.
(The Mozart Effect Resource Centre, n.d).

The Mozart Effect Resource Centre,(n.d.) Frequently Asked Questions. Retieved on 18 August 2009 from:http://www.mozarteffect.com/MoreOnTME/FAQ.html


  1. Hi Deb
    Will reply to this site as soon as I work out how to post my comment without loosing it all!!

  2. Hi Deb
    How right you are. In fact music is played for all sorts of effects in the classroom. One example is for focus and concentration. Background music is played while students study, read, or write to:
    icrease attention levels
    improve retention and memory
    extend focused learning time
    expand thinking skills
    Daniel Kobialka's "Velvet Dreams and Celtic Fantasy" are 2 soundtracks played to facilitate relaxed focus.
    Cheers Kay

  3. A website you might be interested in to learn more about music in the classroom is: