Music Truths Posts

Music Education Motivates Students To Stay In School

The vast majority —96 percent— of the school principals interviewed in a recent study agree that participation in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. Further, 89 percent of principals feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates.

~ Harris Interactive Poll, 2006

Arts Education Prepares Students

“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”

~ Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education

Music Fosters Creative Skills

“To be the next great inventor of something we haven’t dreamed of yet, you need to have creative skills. Music really fosters those creative skills.”

~ Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon

Music Education Opens Doors

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

~ Gerald Ford, Former President of the United States

We Must Teach Music

“Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools.”

~ Martin Luther