I start most of my mornings listening to hit music from 1781. It’s Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major. My smart home device knows it as “Mozart K 448” and I tend to order it up first thing most mornings. The hope is that it might get my day and brain off to a good start.
The Mozart Effect is controversial. More than two hundred years after Mozart created the sonata in question, researchers concluded test subjects who listened to the piece gained measurable increases in spatial reasoning.
I was intrigued when I came across the theory. Immediately after my concussion, I had trouble figuring out where my body was in space. Just moving around was a strain on my brain. I was more clumsy than I used to be, especially with my right hand. Loading the dishwasher was, well, a load. I was slowly getting better but I was seeking any shortcuts on my very long road to recovery.
I didn’t think listening to classical music could actually harm me, so for once, I didn’t wait for a doctor’s approval. It’s now part of my morning routine.
There is debate about whether listening to Mozart works and, if it does, whether it stimulates the brain in a meaningful or lasting way. Not all the discussion is clear-headed. Some have misunderstood the point of the research and concluded that children who listen to Mozart will get better scores on academic tests. Others have wondered whether Mozart matters or whether listening to any music might make a difference. Whether that’s because music boosts mood or boosts the part of the brain involved in spatial reasoning isn’t clear.
I don’t know whether my morning routine is helpful. I do know I am improving but I can’t say whether a brilliant Austrian composer from the 1700s has a hand in my progress. But I don’t mind listening to a few minutes of classical music in the morning on the morning on the chance that it might offer an extra something.
That’s not a recommendation. Some might find stimulation from the sonata too taxing. I know it was draining for me at first (almost everything was, for a time).
If you want to do some research, this might be a good place to start.