Developer: Vladimir Ballo
Price: free Download on the App Store
It's not unusual for an app to make claims about improving intelligence. There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of apps on the iOS App Store that claim to have cognitive benefits. Classical Music for Babies is different from the majority of those apps, though. As the name implies, Classical Music for Babies is geared towards letting children experience what's commonly referred to as the Mozart effect.
This effect, first described in a 1991 release by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, is purported to improve any numbers of brain-related activities in children under three. The idea is that the complexity of Mozart's music helps the brain to relax and regain its focus. For very young children, this would lead to overall increased brain activity. With the goal of helping children experience the effect, Classical Music for Babies comes loaded with dozens of different songs. In total, there are twelve individual compilations of the musician's work. All that you need to do is play a song or a set of songs for your child.
With an interface featuring cheerful yellows and baby blue, this app comes across as very baby-friendly. There are no unnecessary bells and whistles in this app. It's designed to help parents easily find and play music by Mozart. And that's pretty much what Classical Music for Babies does.
The app is free and comes with enough music to get you started. When you're ready for more Mozart, additional listening packs are available via in-app purchase. Most people who want to use the app regularly will ultimately find themselves making a purchase. These compilations are broken up into categories based on what they're used for. Packs such as Peaceful Resting and Restful Sleep are available. Every pack is $1.99, but users do have the option to pay $14.99 and unlock every song in the app.
The question on the minds of most at this point is likely whether or not the app works. After all, the download page in the App Store makes some lofty claims. In reality, these aren't claims aren't specific to the app. They are all supposed benefits of the Mozart Effect. In addition to improving spacial intelligence and creativity, listening to classical music from Mozart is believed to help improve test scores and learning times. Of course, even if you're a skeptic, it's hard to argue that such music would have any sort of negative effect. At the very least, it's likely to be soothing for young listeners.
Overall, Classical Music for Babies provides a streamlined method to let children listen to the music of one of the greatest musicians in history. Quite likely, parents will find themselves enjoying Mozart as much as their children do.