Playing instruments gives brains a boost
Not so long ago, Mozart mania swept the nation. A small study found that students who listened to 10 minutes of a Mozart sonata performed better on a paper-folding task than their peers, and suddenly a flourishing industry sprouted. Mozart’s music sang from CDs and videos marketed for children, babies and moms-to-be. The craze reached a crescendo when Georgia’s governor Zell Miller included $105,000 in his state budget to send every child born in a Georgia hospital home with a classical music tape or CD.