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