Why Choose Band?

Why should your child be enrolled in a music program?


Updated February 18, 2016


Below you will find information that will give you information about music programs and how it can be important in your child's life. The data presented here shows the benefits 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


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