This podcast was conducted by Maryann Harman with guests Don Campbell, recognized authority on the transformational power of music in health and education and Analiisa Reichlin, executive director and managing partner of Studio3Music, the world’s largest Kindermusik studio.
The topic of discussion was The Mozart Effect, which, in a nutshell, is the belief that music, when used properly, helps to stimulate and organize the brain in a way to help children and adults (and possibly animals?) Because Mozart’s music is “digestible” and structured, it allows the listener to feel organized. If we feel more organized, we may feel better equipped to study which would hopefully result in better test/grade results.
I do not doubt that music has great effects on people. All types of music affect people in some way, whether it be positive or negative. I teach music 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. When I’m not at work, I rarely listen to music. I just don’t have the energy to do it. Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by music so much? Despite being a classically trained musician, I also need absolute silence when I am studying or doing work. I’ve always been that way, even growing up. Music, television, any kind of background noise distracts me.
To answer the question, are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future, the answer is no. Maybe it was just the particular podcast I chose but I found it extremely boring. I don’t consider myself ADD but I could barely sit for 11 minutes and listen to the whole thing, and it was on a topic that interests me. Videos are useful and more engaging because you are watching and listening at the same time. Podcasts require you to just listen and that is difficult, especially for students.