Why should your child be enrolled in a music program?

Updated February 18, 2016


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Below you will find information that will give you information about music programs and how it can be imporant in your child's life.  The data presented here shows the benifits of a quality music education.


1. In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
- Americans Love Making Music - And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.


2. Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in many academic and physical situations, according to the Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills
- Rhythm seen as key to music's evolutionary role in human intellectual development, Center for Timing, Coordination, and Motor Skills, 2000.


3. A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless of socioeconomic background.
- Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.


4. A 1997 study of elementary students in an arts-based program concluded that students' math test scores rose as their time in arts education classes increased.
- "Arts Exposure and Class Performance," Phi Delta Kappan, October, 1998.


5. First-grade students who had daily music instruction scored higher on creativity tests than a control group without music instruction.
- K.L. Wolff, The Effects of General Music Education on the Academeic Achievement, Perceptual-Motor Development, Creative Thinking, and School Attendance of First-Grade Children, 1992.

6. In a Scottish study, one group of elementary students received musical training, while another other group received an equal amount of discussion skills training. After six (6) months, the students in the music group achieved a significant increase in reading test scores, while the reading test scores of the discussion skills group did not change.
- Sheila Douglas and Peter Willatts, Journal of Research in Reading, 1994.


7. According to a 1991 study, students in schools with arts-focused curriculums reported significantly more positive perceptions about their academic abilities than students in a comparison group.
- Pamela Aschbacher and Joan Herman, The Humanitas Program Evaluation, 1991.


8. Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in their daily lives.
- "Cassily Column," TCAMS Professional Resource Center, 2000.


9. In a 1999 Columbia University study, students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident, and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels.
- The Arts Education Partnership, 1999.


10. College admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management, creativity, expression, and open-mindedness.
- Carl Hartman, "Arts May Improve Students' Grades," The Associated Press, October, 1999.



Articles  

A Thank You Letter to High School Marching Band
http://theodysseyonline.com/north-georgia/thank-you-letter-high-school-marching-band/225028
Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/arts/why_id_spend_a_lot_more_time_practicing_scales_if_i_could_do_it_all_over_ag#sthash.6QaDmRAZ.dpuf
Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again - See more at: http://www.creativitypost.com/arts/why_id_spend_a_lot_more_time_practicing_scales_if_i_could_do_it_all_over_ag#sthash.6QaDmRAZ.dpuf

Why I'd Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again
http://www.creativitypost.com/arts/why_id_spend_a_lot_more_time_practicing_scales_if_i_could_do_it_all_over_ag

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently - In a Good Way
http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2014/11/20/365461587/musicians-brains-really-do-work-differently-in-a-good-way

 
3 Ways It Takes a Community to Develop a Great Music Program
http://www.nafme.org/3-ways-it-takes-a-community-to-develop-a-great-music-program-2/
 
Why is Music Education Important
http://todaysmenzone.com/why-is-music-education-important/
 
Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration
http://www.theedadvocate.org/happier-students-higher-scores-the-role-of-arts-integration/ 
 
Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Life (and Your Music Program)
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/12/01/why-scheduling-more-performances-will-save-your-childs-musical-life-and-your-music-program/ 
 
Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children, New Study Says
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/07/music-lessons-spur-emotional-and-behavioral-growth-in-children-new-study-says/ 
 
The Top Reasons College Band Kids Are Successful after College
http://www.collegemarching.com/content/the-top-reasons-college-band-kids-are-successful-after-college 
 
Apparently the Cool Kids Were in High School Band After All
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/apparently-cool-kids-were-high-school-band-after-all
 
Band Demand: High School Marching Band Programs Require Discipline, Pride
http://cumberlink.com/news/local/education/article_3bfb1e5b-e70c-5f46-affd-f8c255698a11.html
 
Who Actually Quits Musical Instrument Instruction - Children or Their Parents?
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/10/14/who-actually-quits-musical-instrument-instruction-children-or-their-parents/
 
3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/03/10/3-things-parents-must-tell-their-children-when-they-begin-a-musical-instrument/
 
6 Invaluable Lessons All Marching Band Directors Teach Their Students
http://www.retale.com/blog/invaluable-lessons-all-marching-band-directors-teach-their-students/
 
Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?
http://mattixmusic.com/send-child-private-music-lessons/
 
High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/07/24/high-school-band-classes-may-boost-teen-brains?utm_source=usn_tw
 
6 Things I Learned from My High School Band Director
http://theodysseyonline.com/dayton/6-things-learned-high-school-band-director/135360
 
Cognitive Benefits of Being a Musician
http://pianodao.com/2015/08/09/cognitive-benefits-of-being-a-musician/
 
Six Reasons Why the Arts Are the Ideal Vehicle to Teach 21st Century Success Skills
http://blog.americansforthearts.org/2013/08/21/six-reasons-that-the-arts-are-the-ideal-vehicle-to-teach-21st-century-success-skills
 
Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You
http://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you
 
Why Music? Why Band?
http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-music-band-tim-lautzenheiser-grant-johnston
 
Is Music the Key to Success?
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?_r=1&referrer
 
Playing Chamber Music Is the Best Way for Children to Learn an Instrument
http://www.thestrad.com/cpt-latests/playing-chamber-music-is-the-best-way-for-children-to-learn-an-instrument/ 
 
Student Has Amazing Breakthrough by Doing What Teacher Says
http://www.throwcase.com/2014/10/27/student-has-amazing-breakthrough-by-doing-what-teacher-says/ 
 
An End-of-Year Letter to New Music Parents
http://getbanded.com/an-end-of-year-letter-to-new-music-parents/
 
A Musical Fix for American Schools
http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652
 
Bringing Back What Works in Education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-damkohler/bringing-back-what-works-_b_6754458.html
 
Marching Beyond Halftime
http://www.marchingbeyondhalftime.com/
 
Musicians Have Better Long-term Memory
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/musicians_have_better_longterm_memory-149457
 
9 Common Lessons of Music Education that Translate into Success
http://www.nafme.org/39787/?utm_content=buffer40d97&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 
 
20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools
http://www.nafme.org/20-important-benefits-of-music-in-our-schools/#.VAnmZQ6kAXM.twitter
 
We're All on the Same Team
http://www.amparents.org/were-all-on-the-same-team/ 
 
Music Is Food for the Soul, Not Fodder for Learning Standards
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-levy/music-is-food-for-the-sou_b_5822784.html 
 
Let the Kid Study Music, Already!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/09/03/let-the-kid-study-music-already/ 
 
The Extraordinary Benefits of Music Education
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/the-extraordinary-benefits-learning-music.html
 
Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn from Jazz Musicians
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/11/the-link-between-jazz-improvisation-and-student-creativity/
 
How Music Can Improve Memory
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/09/22/how-music-can-improve-memory/ 
 
Why Do Music Students Have Higher SAT Scores?
http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/music-students-have-higher-sat-scores-but-why-58468
 
Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/11/25/13music.h33.html 
 
5 Reasons Why Music Classes Are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids
http://dadsroundtable.com/other/teaching-and-education/2014/03/5-reasons-why-music-classes-are-the-best-test-prep/
 
New Evidence of Mental Benefits from Musical Training
http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/new-evidence-brain-benefits-music-training-83761 
 
What Everybody Ought to Know about Band
http://www.amparents.org/what-everybody-ought-to-know-about-band/
 
Two Million Reasons Why Band Kids Are So Responsible
http://www.amparents.org/have-you-ever-considered/ 
 
Why I'd Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales if I Could Do It All Over Again
http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/why-id-be-a-lot-more-diligent-about-practicing-scales-if-i-could-do-it-all-over-again/
 
Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/22/unpacking-the-science-how-playing-music-changes-the-learning-brain/
 
How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement
http://neatoday.org/2014/07/16/how-music-education-powers-the-steam-movement/ 
 
Musicians are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/music-intelligence_n_904124.html?utm_content=buffer4085f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
 
Music Education Starts Early with Parents as Key Partners
http://m.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/07/13/Music-education-starts-early-with-parents-as-key-partners.html 
 
The Benefits of Music Education
http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/benefits/ 
 
Using Music to Close the Academic Gap
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/using-music-to-close-the-academic-gap/280362/
 
The Importance of Music Education in Schools
http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/31/music.education.cake.difiore/
 
Twelve Benefits of Music Education
http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/twelve-benefits-of-music-education/ 
 
Music Education and Childhood Brain Development
http://www.eduguide.org/article/music-education-and-childhood-brain-development
 
Why Does Music Make Us Feel?
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-music-make-us-fe/ 
 
Lessons from My Band Director
http://theodysseyonline.com/una/lessons-from-band-director/171441
 
8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains
http://blog.bufferapp.com/music-and-the-brain 
 
Art Is Vital
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/06/why-kids-need-arts-in-education/373640/
 
Arts: The Full Value of Music Education
http://www.wacotrib.com/entertainment/accesswaco/david_a_smith/arts-the-full-value-of-music-education/article_f5c69504-3f77-5fa3-afbe-4b6afb2944d3.html?mode=jqm 
 
Music Changes the Way You Think
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-changes-the-way-you-think/
 
Musical Training Increases Blood Flow to the Left Side of the Brain
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6950/20140508/musical-training-increases-blood-flow-left-side-brain.htm 
 
What Is Music and the Arts' Place in the Real Mission of Our Education System?
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/10/20/what-is-music-and-the-arts-place-in-the-real-mission-of-our-education-system/ 
 
The Value of Music
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-ehnes/the-value-of-music_b_5172271.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false
 
The Best Extra-Curricular Activity at Most High Schools Is Band, Particularly Marching Band
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2010/03/column_beating_the_drum_for_ma.html 
 
18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
http://www.effectivemusicteaching.com/articles/directors/18-benefits-of-playing-a-musical-instrument/ 
 
Can Music Improve Athletic Performance?
http://www.innovauni.com/can-music-improve-athletic-performance/ 
 
How Brains See Music as Language
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/02/how-brains-see-music-as-language/283936/?utm_content=buffer3ca92&utm_source=facebook.com 
 
Educators Say that High School Band Students Have the Advantage in Several Ways
http://www.theledger.com/article/20130803/news/130809754
 
What Percentage of Students are "Meant" to Be Playing a Musical Instrument in School?
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/10/31/what-percentage-of-students-are-meant-to-be-playing-a-musical-instrument-in-school/
 
Why Extra Curricular Activities Aren't Extra
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/29/why-extra-curricular-activities-are-not-extra/
 
3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Kids When They Start a Musical Instrument
http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/03/10/3-things-parents-must-tell-their-children-when-they-begin-a-musical-instrument/ 
 
Ten Reasons Why People Who Learn Music Are More Likely to Be Successful
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-reasons-why-people-who-learn-music-are-more-likely-successful.html
 
Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, but Active Participation Is Required
http://www.medicaldaily.com/music-education-improves-students-academic-performance-active-participation-required-314508 
 
Why Music Majors Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs
http://www.fastcompany.com/3037958/why-music-majors-make-some-of-the-best-entrepreneurs?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=colead-daily-newsletter-featured&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=11042014 
 
Why Musicians Are Better Multitaskers
http://theweek.com/articles/442813/why-musicians-are-better-multitaskers 
 
Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech
http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/study-two-years-of-music-education-improves-reading-speech/ 
 
Study: Music Really Does Make Kids Smarter
http://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=31447 
 
Even a Few Years of Music Training Benefits the Brain
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/even-a-few-years-of-music-training-benefits-the-brain/ 
 
Musicians Are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/20/music-intelligence_n_904124.html 
 
My View:  Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class
http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/20/my-view-everything-i-need-to-know-i-learned-in-music-class/ 
 

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\http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/02/op-ed_music_in_the_schools_teaches_lifelong_lessons.html 
 
Why Your Teen Should Join Marching Band
http://alphamom.com/parenting/big-kid/why-your-teen-should-join-school-marching-band/ 
 
10+ Values Marching Band Students Learn
http://www.virtualmusicoffice.com/10-values-marching-band-students-learn/ 
 
Is Music the Key to Success?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 
 
New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores
http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/new-evidence-links-music-education-higher-test-scores-64980
 
How Music Technology Can Boost Student Skills
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/08/15/music-technology-boosts-student-learning-skills/?ps=267783-0013000000j0uID-0033000000qi0AU 
 
Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hearing-the-music-honing/ 
 
A Very Cool Look at High School marching Bands
http://www.charlesapple.com/2013/09/this-one-time-at-band-camp/ 
 
10 Fastest Growing Jobs in the USA
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/09/02/10-fastest-growing-jobs-in-usa/2750169/ 
 
Children's Ability to Follow a Beat May Impact Reading, Language Skills
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/childrens-ability-to-follow-beat-may-impact-reading-language-skills.html

Videos
Parents Talk to Parents about Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGHY2Fog66g&feature=youtu.be 
 
Dan Levitin: Music and the Brain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsJl6Pys880 
 
The Value of the Arts as a Community Investment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImO8U6tFlXU 
 
I Make My Children Do Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6touXPAQhE&feature=youtu.be 
 
Marching Beyond Halftime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o9zrPdGDOM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id_Gp64_2Rk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcaeMCXtzzU 
 
How Playing and Instrument Benefits Your Brain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng
 
The Effects of Music on the Brain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUT9UTVrwp8 
 
Music Education and the Brain
http://vimeo.com/101367905 
 
Music Education Advocacy Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRku__lrnA 
 
Richard Gill - The Value of Music Education
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMh_y_MAKs&feature=youtu.be 
 
Charles Limb:  Your Brain on Improv
http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv?language=en#t-122680 
 
Why Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLhJHLSkvLA&feature=related
 
What If Every Child Had Access to Music Education from Birth?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueqgenARzlE 
 
Be Part of the Music
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE8fpJMdeUs&feature=youtu.be 
 
Did You Know?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1njTXx47vHs&feature=related 
 
Music Education Advocacy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoHGUSnz1NQ&playnext=1&list=PLF6690C87706F8011 
 
Music For All
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK7skJQdSsg&feature=related