The American Music Conference – the organization responsible for bringing much of Dr. Gordon Shaw's work to the general public – weighs in on his passing:
Dr. Shaw established himself as a pioneer in the understanding of "music as a window to higher brain function."
Best known to the public as a leader in the discovery of the "Mozart Effect," Dr. Shaw led a number of landmark studies that established the connection between active participation in music and the development of the brain, with demonstrated implications for spatial-temporal reasoning and math ability. He co-founded the M.I.N.D. (Music Intelligence Neural Development) Institute in 1998, and helped develop the basis for its "Math+Music" educational process, which is producing dramatic test score improvements for more than 13,000 students in more than 67 elementary schools.