Music Truths Posts

Art Is A Nation’s Most Precious Heritage

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
~ Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment for the Arts

The Strength of Every Democracy Is Measured By Its Commitment To The Arts

“The rapidly evolving global economy demands a dynamic and creative workforce. The arts and its related businesses are responsible for billions of dollars in cultural exports for this country. It is imperative that we continue to support the arts and arts education both on the national and local levels. The strength of every democracy is measured by its commitment to the arts.”
~ Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation

Teens Described Music Teachers As Trusted Friends

Teens Described their music teachers as encouraging, motivating and acting as both role models and friends that can be trusted for listening and giving advice.
~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Students Who Participate In Music Score Higher On SAT

On the SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading, 23 points above average in math, and 31 points above average in writing.
~ College Board SAT, 2012 College-Bound Seniors: Total Group Profile Report. (See table 18.)

Music Education Prepares You To Manage Tasks

Two-thirds (66%) of Americans say that music education prepares someone to manage the tasks of their job more successfully.
~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014

With Music In Schools Students Connect With Each Other Better

With music in schools, students connect to each other better— greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
~ Jensen, E., Arts With the Brain In Mind, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001

A Broad Education In The Arts Helps Give Children 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 In High-Quality Music Programs Test Higher

Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.
~ Johnson, C. M. & Memmott, J. E. (2007). Examination of relationships between participation in school music programs of differing quality and standardized test results. Journal of Research in Music Education, 54(4), 293-307