1. Students who studied music performance and music appreciation
scored higher on the SAT than students with no arts participation.
Students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal
and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation
scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the
math. (Source: The College Entrance Examination Board).
2. Musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared
with non-musicians. In particular, the areas of the brain used to process
music are larger or more active in musicians. Even just starting to learn a
musical instrument changes the neurophysiology of the brain.
(Source: Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute)
3. Students who report consistent, high-level involvement in instrumental
music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher
levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12. (Source: Champions of
Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning)
4. Music training improves scores in spatial-temporal reasoning used in
higher levels of science and math. (Source: Keeping Mozart in Mind)
5. 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. (Source: Journal of Research in Music Education)
6. Playing an instrument helps youngsters better process speech in noisy
classrooms and more accurately interpret the nuances of language that
are conveyed by subtle changes in the human voice. (Source: Physiology
and Communication Sciences at Northwestern University)
7. A correlation exists between the amount of music training and the
amount of improvement in reading fluency in children. (Source:
Learning, Arts and the Brain)
8. Music activities engage both the left and right hemisphere of the brain.
In fact, studying music involves more right- and left-brain functions than
any other activity measured. (Source: Good Music, Brighter Children)
For more information on why schools need music education, please download The Benefits of the Study of Music published by The National Association for Music Education.