Music Truths Posts

Teens Who Take Music Lessons Have Better Grades Than Their Peers

According to a German Institute for Economic Research study, teens who take music lessons outside of school score significantly higher in terms of cognitive skills, have better grades, and are more conscientious and ambitious than their peers.

~ Hille, Al, Schupp, J., (2013), “How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills,” SOEPpapers: The German Socio-Economic Panel at DIW Berlin

The Arts Are The Measure Of Our Civilization

“The creative arts are the measure and reflection of our civilization. They offer many children an opportunity to see life with a larger perspective…The moral values we treasure are reflected in the beauty and truth that is emotionally transmitted through the arts. The arts say something about us to future generations.”

~ Ann P. Kahn, Former President of The National PTA

The Arts Play A Critical Role In Our Country

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”

~ Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

The Future Belongs To Young People With An Imagination

“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”

~ Barack Obama

Music Students Score Higher On SAT

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT’s than students with no participation.

~ Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)

Music Study Enhances Reasoning Skills

A study at the University of California at Irvine demonstrated that young kids who participated in music instruction showed dramatic enhancements in abstract reasoning skills. In fact, researchers have found neural firing patterns that suggest that music may hold the key to higher brain function.

~ Rauscher, Shaw, Levine , Ky and Wright, “Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship,” University of California , Irvine , 1994

Music Teaches Kids Fractions

Music and math are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children are learning how to divide, create fractions, and recognize patterns.

~ Lynn Kleiner, founder of Music Rhapsody in Redondo Beach, CA

Music Education Provides Problem Solving Approach

Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say music education provides people with a disciplined approach to solving problems.

~ July 2014 Harris Poll