Music Truths Posts

The Arts Are Essential To Who We Are As A People

“The arts are central to who we are as a people, and they are central to the success of our kids. This is not an afterthought. This is not something you do because it’s nice to do. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts.”
~ President Barack Obama

Children From “Arts-Rich” Public Schools Score Higher

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

Teens Believe Music Helps Adolescents Release Or Control Emotions

Teens believe music helps adolescents release or control emotions and helps coping with difficult situations such as peer pressure, substance abuse, pressures of study and family, the dynamics of friendships and social life, and the pain of loss or abuse.
~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Schools That Have Music Programs Have Significantly Higher Attendance Rates

Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3 percent as compared to 84.9 percent).
~ Harris Interactive Inc. (2006). Understanding the Linkages Between Music Education and Educational Outcomes

The Arts Are Not A Frill

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.”
~ Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Students Who Participate In Music Show Higher Intelligence 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

Playing Music Reduces Stress

“Playing music reduces stress and has been shown to reverse the body’s response to stress at the DNA-level.”
~ Dr. Barry Bittman

We Must Teach Music In Schools

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