The so-called Mozart Effect, by which babies could be made cleverer in the womb and the cradle by hearing doses of Amadeus, has been widely discredited. Behavioral scientists now laugh at the notion that infant abilities can be affected by one composer and no other.
In Scotland, however, old myths die hard. It is reported that every Scottish babe born in the next year will receive a free CD with dollops of Mozart, as well as Scottish songs and snippets of Debussy and Tchaikovsky. The disc has been recorded by the national orchestra and its conductor Peter Oundjian. It is ‘supported by Creative Scotland’s First in a Lifetime programme’.
The nanny state is alive and well and living north of the border.