Music Truths Posts

Music Education Helps Develop Originality

Music education helps develop originality and flexibility, which are key components of creativity and innovation.

~ © Craft, A. (2001). An Analysis of Research and Literature on Creativity and Education. Report Prepared for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Coventry, England. Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP). (2010). Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project 2010 Findings. Bloomington, IN.

Music Benefits Include Learning Concentration

More benefits of music for children include learning cooperation, sharing, compromise, creativity, and concentration – skills that become invaluable as they enter school, face new challenges, and begin to form new friendships and develop social skills.

~ © 2015 Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization

Music Classes Improve Brain Processes

Researchers found that after two years, children who not only regularly attended music classes, but also actively participated in the class, showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers.

~ Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, quoted in Melissa Locker, “This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain,” Time, December 16, 2014.

Music Education Prepares Students To Manage Tasks Well

Three in five Americans (61%) said it [music education] provided a disciplined problem solving approach and 59% said it prepared people to manage tasks more successfully.

~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014

Music Is An Important Quality Component

Eight in 10 teachers and more than seven in 10 parents believe the number of minutes of music education required every week is an important quality component.

~ NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC (2015). Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in the United States: 2015.