Music Makes A Difference

Here are some ways that music can make a difference in a Childs life!

• Children with music classes graduate at higher rates and have better attendance than children that don’t have music classes. (Source: McGill University, 2007)


Children with Music Classes

Children without Music Lessons

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• 99.2% of parents find when their child becomes involved in a music program, the parent/child relationship improves. They also find behavior, communicative and social skills become more positive. (Source: Board of Studies, New South Wales Australia, 2004)
• 96% of school principals feel a music program motivates students to stay in school. (Source: Harris Interactive Poll, 2006)
• Over 2 Million children (and growing) each year are not exposed to a music program in school. (Source: US Department of Education, 2011)
• 66% of college music majors are accepted into medical school. The highest of any college major. The next highest belongs to Bio-Chemistry Majors (44%). (Source: The Corporation Academic Abilities Studies in Education, 1994)
• Teachers find students involved in a music program have elevated attitudes and exhibit better behavior. (Source: Arts Education Partnership, 2001)
• Children involved in music score 7.2 points higher on I.Q. Tests. (Source: American Psychological Association, 2006)
• Children involved in music score higher on their SAT Tests. 57 points Higher on verbal, 41 points onMath. (Source: Music Educators National Conference, 2001)
• Kindergarten – 3rd Grade aged children have 22% higher math scores if involved in a music program. (Source: University of British Columbia)
• 30 States have had cuts made in their schools music & arts programs at every level from K-12 and up through college. (Source: Give A Note Foundation)
• Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society. (Source: H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000)
• High School Music Students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school. (Source: National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988)
• 78% of Americans feel learning a musical instrument helps students perform better in other subjects. (Source: Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music,” 2003)
• With Music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm. (Source: 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. (Source: 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. (Source: Neurological Research, March 15, 1999)
• The Schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20%-30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music. (Source: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement {IAEEA} Test, 1988)
• During moments of musical euphoria, blood travels through the brain to areas where other stimuli can produce feelings of contentment and joy-and travels away from brain cell areas associated with depression and fear. (Source: Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999)
• Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. But just as important, reading, history, geography and even social skills soared by 40%. (Source: Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles)
• Music training helps under-achievers. 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. (Source: Nature, May 23, 1996)
• The foremost technical designers and engineers in Silicon Valley are almost all practicing musicians. (Source: Dee Dickinson, Music and the Mind, 1993)