Parents ~ Why Music?

Parents -  I've compiled a very brief list of quick facts, stats and quotes below that offer fresh perspectives on how music effects our children and the long lasting benefits it can have as well.  Take some time to follow some of the links and you may be surprised at what you find!

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Social Skills & Development

Creativity and the Brain.  Jazz Improvisation and more...  A video presentation by Dr. Charles Limb.
Creativity and the Brain 

Music helps children gain musical intelligence, vocabulary, an understanding of symbols and sequence, and an increase in memory and auditory function.
Self-Esteem: A Byproduct of Quality Classroom Music

Learning to make music changes the brain and boosts broad academic performance.
Playing Along with the Mozart Effect

Music is a tool for a whole brain, multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning.  In addition, creation of music (the writing of a song) directly addresses linquistic, logical-mathematical, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal intelligences.
Dr. Jeffrey B. Moran on Harvard Psychologist Dr. Howard Gardner's Theories on Multiple Intelligences

Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in their daily lives.
Rhythm Seen As Key to Music's Evolutionary Role In Human Intellectual Development

Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills
Rhythm Seen As Key to Music's Evolutionary Role In Human Intellectual Development

Music Education Can Help Students Improve Reading Skills
Science Daily - March 16, 2009

Biological Link Discovered between Music and Speech
TG Daily - The Tech Generation

Researchers at the University of California and the Niigata Brain Research Institute in Japan
have found an area of the brain that is activated only when reading musical scores.
Musical Brain – Special Brain Area Found for Reading Music Scores, NeuroReport, 1998.

Elliot Eisner, Professor of Education and Art at Stanford University, argues that the arts are a critically imprortant means for developing complex and subtle aspects of the mind.  He outlines "ten lessons" that illustrate how various forms of thinking are evoked, developed and refined through the arts.
10 Lessons the Arts Teach



High School School & College

Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school. ...66 percent of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group.
The Comparitive Academic Abilites of Students in Education... 

A Case for Music

Students in music performance groups out perform students not invloved in any arts program on the SAT by 55 pts in Critical Reading, 40 pts in Mathematics and 52 pts in writing according to the 2006, College Board National Report.
College Board SAT

College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness.
Arts May Improve Students’ Grades

Students who participate in All-State ensembles consistently score over 200 points higher on the SAT than non-music students.  This figure indicates that students can pursue excellence in music while also excelling academically. ~ Texas Music Educators Association, 1988-1996.  This data is consistant through 2009.
Texas Music Educators Association / Resource Center / Data and Study Results / All State SAT Data
Texas Music Educators Association

In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.
Source: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001.
Music Education Facts and Figures

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.
Source: Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)
Quick Facts and Benefits to Music and the Arts in Education and Society

The world's top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan stand atop worldwide science achievement and have strong commitment to music education. All three countries have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades. The centrality of music education to learning in the top-ranked countries seems to contradict the United States' focus on math, science, vocabulary, and technology.
Source: 1988 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test