Higher Graduation Rates
Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.
U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.
Higher Test Scores
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.
Cognitive & Memory
Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging, such as memory and hearing difficulties in older adults. Musicians are found to have superior working memory compared to non-musicians.
Music study enhances other academic studies through the intrinsic development of creative thinking, problem solving, and language skills.
Studies have shown that young children who take keyboard lessons have greater abstract reasoning abilities than their peers, and that these abilities improve over time with sustained training in music.
Music is often thought of as a way to foster individual expression. …music can also teach teamwork. No place is this more evident or powerful than in schools. Students work together to create a cohesive, technically correct performance. Together, they form a community of like-minded individuals who can help each other reach goals.
Results show substantial correlations between language and music-related skills especially if similar processes are involved.
A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory. Early childhood training in instrumental music improves the ability to pay attention – visual focus, active listening, and staying on task.
Music education helps develop originality and flexibility, which are key components of creativity and innovation.
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