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The Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child's Mind, Health and Creativity With Music Hardcover – August 8, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow / HarperCollins; 1st edition (August 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380977826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380977826
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,960,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Campbell's reputation runs the gamut from serious educator bent on improving the health and intelligence of his audience to clever marketer, making a fast buck from specially trademarked pseudoscience. In The Mozart Effect for Children, Campbell explains early on why Mozart's music is thought to have such amazing powers, and while he cites no statistics or studies, his lyrical explanations of Mozart's simplicity and elegance will have many reader's heads nodding in agreement--it's difficult to disagree with "his music is at once deeply mysterious and accessible, and above all, without guile". A few pages are devoted to descriptions of studies done by French specialist Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and "Spotlight on Specialist" pages throughout the book are an attempt to add a more clearly scientific feel. Still, most of what passes for science in this book is anecdotal and will not make a satisfying read for those looking for original research.

Each chapter is devoted to a particular age, from prenatal to mid-elementary school, and parents and educators can find excellent musical menus, practical suggestions, and entertaining games to play at the end of every chapter. The menus include suggestions for appropriate times to play the various pieces, as well as a brief description of the type of music, helpful in case you're not immediately familiar with "Adagio from the Divertimento" or "Concertante from the Serenade No. 9". Games range from simple variations on pat-a-cake to rhythmic chanting designed to improve memory skills, and parents will enjoy playing at least as much as their children will. Perhaps you child's IQ will magically improve from listening to Mozart, perhaps it won't. At worst, Campbell opens up a world of music-related learning for your family that can be both enriching and entertaining. --Jill Lightner


"Parents, awake! Don Campbell is the Dr. Spock of music. With updated research and practical hints, every family can use this book to tune up the brains of parent and child alike. THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN spans the arts into the deeper meaning of sound, joy and language for a full life." -- Elaine de Beauport, Ph.D., Founder, Mead School; Author, THREE FACES OF MIND

"THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN is a modern phenomenon, blending neurological and physiological research with vibrant testimonials and rare compassion. Children around the world in the first, most impressionable decade of their lives have found a true champion of their potential in Don's children, tomorrow's Mozarts." -- Karen Williams Romeo, Ph.D., Board, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, Author of RENAISSANCE KIDS

"THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN is about so much more than music, so much more than teaching! THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN is an invaluable resource to be cherished not only by parents but by grandparents, teachers and any professionals who work with children and their families." -- Marti Glenn, Ph.D., President, Graduate Institute for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

"THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN provides decision makers in government, medicine and public health with a brilliantly written resource on infant child development and the intrinsic language of music in nurturing happy, creative and intelligent children. I loved reading the manuscript and found myself compelled to re-read sections, musing on the profound eloquence of so many of the passages throughout this gentle book. It is a classic before it is printed. Campbell's genius as a writer resonates in the gentle and yet provocative descriptions and data underlying the development of the uterine brain-mind. The story unfolds on many levels for music aficionados, blending music listening and appreciation, so that the general reader exclaims delight in the discovery of the intrinsic power of music in shaping human growth and development throughout the ages. A masterful story and authentic resource for everyone's library!" -- Linda C. Duffy, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Women & Children's Health Research Foundation; Board Member, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health

"We need the tools to help parents and teachers to introduce, motivate, and help children--indeed, people of all ages--to learn through music and the other arts. Don Campbell's THE MOZART EFFECT FOR CHILDREN is a bountiful compendium of research, teaching, and learning strategies, and innumerable other resources that enrich and stretch the human mind, body, and spirit to new dimensions." -- Dee Dickinson, CEO, New Horizons for Learning

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Every week I go to Shane and Susan's house to babysit for their 5 year old boy, Michael. I like my job, but Michael is sometimes hard to put to bed. A few weeks ago, The Mozart Effect for Children was on the table next to the TV. I like music alot and play in the band in my school.
I understood the chapter about five and six year olds and I used the exercises. They work....and the music helped him go to sleep. I know music is smart and that this book must be read by every parent and babysitter.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is outstanding. As a parent and nearly a grand parent, as well as a music therapist, I welcome this clear and creative book. There is no doubt you can use the Mozart Effect in your home the way Campbell defines it. It is more than just a scientific study, it is about knowing how to nuture a child and a family with music . Campbell is neither elitest nor arrogant. He inspires and informs. All types of music are included and the book takes a step by step, age by age, approach to brain and body development. He shows us that The Mozart Effect goes back to research in France over forty years ago and continues in centers throughout the world today to help children with ADD, speech problems and dyslexia.
As a music therapist, I hope every family will use this book. It can improve listening and communication. It can inspire us to look at a much bigger picture in child development. Thanks Don Campbell for doing your homework so well.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book will make me a smarter parent. I am amazed at how this book blends the practical, the scientific and the artistic into common sense. I am not a fan of Classical music, but this book has helped me understand more about the healthy qualities of music.
Mr. Campbell gives me the evidence I need to show my school district that music classes must be included in every child's schoolday. The book is well referenced and gives many ways to help children improve their minds with music. This book sings the heart, the brain and the body of music!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Anglesey on July 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book introduces a wonderful way to spend more time nurturing your child through musical activities. I was a little skeptical about the effects it would have, but found that even simple ryhmes can calm my children down. It is not a "fast food" approach. It is about using music and singing to motivate and comfort your child. We sing and ryhme all day- from diaper changes to car trips.

As an educator I find the ideas in this book to be a great way for every parent to prepare their child for school. It may not make your child more "intelligent", but I believe the author is correct in saying that your child with be a better learner.
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