Blackstone Millville Music Association

 P.O. Box 181 Blackstone, Massachusetts 01504

Why Should You Support Local Music?

When you partner with BMMA, you partner with champions.  For over 30 years, the Blackstone Millville Music progam has been a point of pride for our community, performing at venues and events around the country and routinely taking top honors in local, regional and national competitions.  By supporting BMMA, you can help to keep this proud tradition alive in our community. 

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:

Better grades
•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 Medina) .
•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.