W hat's more, national studies continually prove the benefits of music education on our students.
According to studies for the Center for Fine Arts
Education, students involved with music have:
•Students involved in band throughout high school had
average GPAs exceeding 3.0, compared to students with no music classes
averaging below 2.5.
Higher Graduation Rates
•Students with no music credits in high school graduated
with a diploma 70% of the time. But High school music students had a graduation
rate higher than 94%.
•Students who participated in high school music classes
had a drop out rate of less than 6%.
Higher SAT scores
•Music students score 107 points higher on SATs.
•According to the college Entrance Examinations Board
“students in the music program scored 63 higher on verbal and 44 points higher
on math than students with no arts participation.
Better Brain Development
•Students involved in music exercise more of their brain
than in any other course in school. Music is the only one of the seven intelligences identified in the brain
that uses all seven intelligences at once.
•MRI studies of performing musicians show that both sides
of their brain are actively engaged – “all the neurons are firing at once” (Brain
Rules, by Scientist John
•Music training dramatically enhances children’s abstract
reasoning skills, enhancing higher brain functions needed for math, chess,
science and engineering –Neurological Research Journal.
Valuable Life Skills
•Musical competition builds teamwork, discipline, confidence and ability to
perform under pressure.
•Music develops skills needed by the 21st
century workforce, including: critical thinking, creative problem solving, innovation, effective communication and teamwork
Higher Professional Achievement
•A Harris Poll found that 75% of Fortune 1000 executives
were involved in some type of music program while in school. The longer they were involved in music
programs, the more successful they became in life.