Facts!

Did you know these facts regarding music education?

* More music majors who applied for medical school were admitted compared to those in other majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.

~ (“The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi­focus University,” Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480; “The Case for Music in Schools”, Phi Delta Kappan, 1994)

* Students who participate in school orchestra or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.

~ H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

* With music in schools, students connect to each other better­, experience greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.

~ Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind, 2001

* A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.

~ The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

* Students who were exposed to music ­based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.

~ Neurological Research, March 15, 1999

* The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades.

~ 1988 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

* Music training helps under­achievers. Students lagging behind in scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music instruction over seven months.

~ Nature, May 23, 1996

* College ­aged musicians are emotionally healthier than their non­-musician counterparts for performance anxiety, emotional concerns and alcohol­ related problems.

~ Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998

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