Students In School Arts Have Higher Academic Success

Researchers have demonstrated a strong relationship between individuals who participated in school arts experiences and higher academic success as demonstrated by grade point averages, scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and math and verbal portions of the SAT exam.

~ Kelly, S. N. (2012). Fine Arts-Related Instruction’s Influence on Academic Success

3 Reasons Why Marching Band Will Help You Win at Life

Marching band is as “Indiana” as the famed pork tenderloin at Nick’s Kitchen (Huntington, IN). We know form Google analytics that the Japanese and Indonesians cannot get enough of the Avon and Carmel marching band performances. Directors from all over the country come to learn from the extraordinary talent that make these programs run like clockwork. Marching band is an absolutely positive addiction.

I could cite any number of studies that show correlation between music education and academic achievement, creativity, and etc., I am not going to bore you with that—after all those are usually statistics that can be read in a variety of days. I do want to talk about what are real life benefits outside of the classroom. Here are three that I live every day:

Music Potent for Language and Learning

We believe that music training is a particularly potent driver of brain plasticity that influences the biological processes important for listening, language, and learning.

~ Neuroeducation: “From the Lab to the Classroom,” School-Based Music Summary, Northwestern University.

Music Students Have More Advanced Reading Skills

Students who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.

~ Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014.

We interviewed students from the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis and asked them to tell us a few of their favorite things about being in band or orchestra.

Common goals, relationships, and making beautiful music were just a few of the answers that they gave. Check out the video below to hear all of what they had to say.

Ethan Lehman – Student Spotlight

Over the summer of 2018 we visited the Symphonic Youth Orchestra to interview some of their students. We were curious to find out how music has influenced them throughout their school careers, as well as how it has prepared them for the future. Our interview for today is with Ethan Lehman from Fishers High School. Take just a few minutes to get to know him and how music has made a difference in his life.

A big thank you to Shawn Goodman and the rest of the staff at the Symphonic Youth Orchestra. To learn more about the SYO please visit their website at

Favorite Thing About Working at Paige’s – Staff Spotlight

The staff spotlight for June is a montage of past spotlights answering the question, “What’s your favorite thing about working at Paige’s Music?” Cake, coffee, and friends are a few of our favorite things. Watch below to hear all the answers!

Music Helps Students Focus Clearly

“Students of all ages – that includes adults – generally find that music helps them focus more clearly on the task at hand and puts them in a better mood for learning.”

~ Chris Brewer, founder of LifeSounds Educational Services, quoted in “Boost Memory and Learning with Music,”, Cheri Lucas.