Music Truths Posts

Music Instruction Prepares Students for Multiple Disciplines

The cognitive structures developed through music instruction “exposed and illuminated more general organizing structures relevant for multiple disciplines.”

~ Portowitz,P., Lichtenstein, O., Egorova, L., & Brand, E. (2009). Underlying mechanisms linking music education and cognitive modifiability. Research Studies in Music Education, 31, 107–29

Participation In School Music Boosts Achievement In Math and English

An analysis of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 demonstrated a significant correlation between participation in school music groups and achievement in math and English.

~ Broh, B. A. (2002). Linking extracurricular programming to academic achievement: Who benefits and why? Sociology of Education, 75(1), 69-95

Art Gives Students A Better Understanding Of Their World

“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”

~ Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

Students From Arts-Rich Public Schools Have Higher Scores

Children from “arts-rich” public schools score higher on expression, risk-taking, creativity-imagination, cooperative learning, and academic self-concept than children in “arts-poor” systems.

~ “Learning In and Through the Arts: The Question of Transfer,” Judith M. Burton, Robert Horowitz, and Hal Abeles, Studies in Art Education, 2000, 41(3): 228-257

The Arts Are An Essential Element of Education

“An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. That arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic.”

~ William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

Students In Music Lessons Have Higher Intelligent Quotients

A study examined the influence of music education on nonmusical abilities, the effects of music lessons on academic performance, and cognitive abilities. The study revealed that students who participated in music lessons showed statistically higher intelligence quotients.

~ Glenn Schellenberg, Music Lessons Enhance IQ, Psychological Science, Vol. 15, No. 8, 2004

Music Education Helps Students Communicate Ideas

“GE hires a lot of engineers. We want young people who can do more than add up a string of numbers and write a coherent sentence. They must be able to solve problems, communicate ideas and be sensitive to the world around them. Participation in the arts is one of the best ways to develop these abilities.”

~ Clifford V. Smith, President of the General Electric Foundation

Principals Agree Music Education Leads To Higher Graduation Rates

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