Music Advocacy

Are you aware of the following:
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” — Gerald Ford, former President, United States of America

 71% of Americans surveyed believe that teenagers who play an instrument are less likely to have disciplinary problems. (Source: Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Towards Music,” 2003)

Middle school and high school students who participated in instrumental music scored significantly higher than their non-band peers in standardized tests. (Source: “Research Beyond Music for Art’s Sake,” American Music Conference)

The College Board identifies the arts (music) as one of the six basic academic subjects students need in order to succeed in college. (Source: Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York )

Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average. (Source: Bands Across the USA)

SAT scores for students in music performance classes were 57 points higher (Verbal) and 41 points higher (Math). (Source: Profile of SAT & Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001)

Music students out-perform non-music on achievement tests in reading and math. Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in musical performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science. (Source: B. Friedman, “An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes,” Dissertation Abstracts International)