Music Truths Posts

Students Involved In Music Show Significantly Higher Levels of Math Proficiency

U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”
~ U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database

Students Who Make Music In Middle School Score Higher In Algebra

Students who take music in middle school score signifcantly higher on algebra assignments in 9th grade than their non-music counterparts.
~ Helmrich. B. H. (2010). Window of opportunity? Adolescence, music, and algebra. Journal of Adolescent Research. 25 (4).

Music Education Makes Children Happier, More Focused and More Self-Disciplined

Majorities of parents whose children are involved in music classes also credit
music education for making them happier, more focused, more self-disciplined,
stronger academically and more helpful.
~ NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC (2015). Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in
the United States: 2015.

Playing An Instrument As A Kid Leads To A Sharper Mind In Old Age

Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age, according to a new study conducted by Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, a clinical neuropsychologist in Emory’s Department of neurology, and her colleagues. The researchers gave 70 people between the ages of 60 and 83 a battery of tests to measure memory and other cognitive abilities. The researchers found that those who had played an instrument for a decade or longer scored significantly higher on the tests than those with no musical background.
~ Quoted in Diane Cole, “Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons,” National Geographic, January 3, 2014.

Math, Science and Technology All Link To Music

Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments. This led the Siemens Foundation to host a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2004, featuring some of these young people, after which a panel of experts debated the nature of the apparent science/music link.
~ The Midland Chemist (American Chemical Society) Vol. 42, No.1, Feb. 2005