LETU Mathematics Professor to Present Research on 'Mozart Effect'
Tue, Feb 16 2010
LeTourneau University associate professor of mathematics Judy Taylor will present her recent
research on the “Mozart Effect” at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research
Association Thursday, Feb. 18, in New Orleans, La. Taylor will discuss her research into how
students perform better on tests when music composed by Mozart was being played during testing
times. SERA seeks to further the advancement of educational research and provides graduate student
mentorships and educational resources.
“There is a growing body of research showing the benefits of music on educational
performance,” Taylor said. “The purpose of this study was to determine if playing Mozart improved
student performance on outcome assessments specifically in mathematics.”
Taylor’s study adds validity to existing literature on the value of Mozart and considers the
effectiveness of altering modalities for some learners. LETU accounting professor Beverly Rowe has
been assisting Taylor with the literature review for her study.