The Benefits of Music Education

Scientific Research Shows Music Study Helps Young Minds Develop……. *In the last several years, the results of a number of scientific studies are building a solid foundation of evidence that music instruction is not only inherently worthy but that it helps young minds grow and flourish.  Music education builds intellect. Source: NAMM Foundation Did You Know? • Music making promotes the growth of neural   connections in the brain • IQ scores rise with increased frequency of music study Source: NAMM Foundation Did You Know? • New reports are emerging on a regular basis that  substantiate our understanding of music’s impact   on development.  In order for these benefits to reach   children, we have to work together to assure that all   children have access to music education Source: NAMM Foundation Did You Know? • Middle school and high school students  who participated in instrumental music scored   significantly higher than their non-musical peers  in standardized test Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State Study, Daryl Erick Trent Did You Know? • University studies conducted in Georgia   and Texas found significant correlations between the   number of years of instrumental music instruction and  academic achievement in math, science and language arts Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State Study, Daryl Erick Trent Did You Know? • Music majors are the most likely graduates to   be admitted to medical school.

Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants.   Source: “The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multifocus University”, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480 He found that 66% of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. For comparison, 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted. Source: “The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multifocus University”, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480 Did You Know? • Music study can help kids understand   advanced concepts.

• Music involves ratios, fractions,   proportions and thinking in space   and time Source: Neurological Research March, 1999 Did You Know? Music Students Score Higher on SAT Tests Average 63 points higher in verbal Average 47 points higher in math • A ten year study, tracking more than   25000 students, shows that   music-making improves test scores Source: The College Board Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers • Regardless of socioeconomic background,  music-making students get higher marks in   standardized tests than those who had no   music involvement. Source: The College Board Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers Did You Know? • A McGill study found that pattern recognition and mental   representation scores improved significantly for students   given piano instruction over a 3 year period • The study also found that self-esteem improved for   students given piano instruction • Data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study   showed that music participants received more   academic honors and awards than non-music students • The percentage of music students receiving As and Bs   was higher than the percentage of non-participants   receiving those grades Source: National Educational Longitudinal Study First Follow-Up, 1990, US Department of Education Did You Know? • Research shows that piano students are better   equipped to comprehend mathematical and   scientific concepts.

A group of preschoolers     received private piano lessons. A second group received private computer lessons. The children who received piano training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability. “Spatial-temporal” is basically proportional reasoning. Source: Neurological Research Why Learn Music? • Music helps develop skills needed by the   21st century workforce such as critical   thinking, creative problem solving,   effective communication, team work,   and more • Music also improves the quality of a   young persons life and assists in   healthy social development Did You Know? • Seven out of ten parents strongly agree that music and arts instruction is very important for their children’s school curriculum Source: NAMM Foundation • Nine out of ten adults and teenagers who play instruments agree that music making brings the family closer together Source: American Music Conference 2000.