Music Doesn’t Belong in Our Schools! (Or Does it?)

Statistics:

  • The schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20% to 30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music.
  • 88% of Americans believe participation in music helps teach children discipline.
  • Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.
  • Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.
  • High school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school.
  • 71% of Americans surveyed by the Gallup Poll believe that teenagers who play an instrument are less likely to have disciplinary problems.
  • 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.
  • 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%.
  • Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music performances scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests.
  • The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation.

(various sources.)   

Still think music doesn’t belong in our schools?