Why Music ?

Top Reasons Why We Should Support Music Education.

U.S. Department of Education

“In a study of 25,000 secondary school students, those who show high involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics ability by grade 12”

- Neurological Research, Feb 28,1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph. D., Gordon Shaw, Ph. D., University of California, Irvine.

“Early music training dramatically enhances children’s abstract reasoning skills. Music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.”
 

Compiled from various research

“Arts involvement teaches children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem solving and decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision.”

H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

“Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.” 
– H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

“Schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the U.S. today are spending 20% to 30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music.”
– International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

Gallup Poll, "American Attitudes Toward Music," 2003

In a 2003 Gallup Poll, 95% of Americans believe that music is a key component in a child’s well rounded education; three quarters of those surveyed believe schools should mandate musical education.