Statistical Support Displaying the Benefits of Studying Music part 1

Studying music can be an extremely fun and rewarding endevor.  Music teaches patience, diligence, creativity, discipline, and helps students manage time and preparing for dealines.  Apart from the joy of appreciating music in and of itself most people miss the benefits of music study that translate into other areas of life.  The following statics are just a small collection of the vast amount of data supporting the benefits of studying music.  Most of these statistics focus on benefits that continue far beyond the sphere of just music appreciation and show how music greatly enhances most areas of a students life including most importantly education and career.

The foremost technical designers and engineers in Silicon Valley are almost all practicing musicians.  Dee Dickinson, Music and the Mind, 1993

Children who have received music instruction scored higher marks on tests of their spatial and arithmetic skills. Rauscher, F.H., Shaw, G.L., Levine, L.J., Wright, E.L., Dennis, W.R., and Newcomb, R., Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children’s spatial temporal reasoning, 1997

U.S. Department of Education data show that students who report consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music during the middle- and high-school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.” James Catterall, Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga, “Involvement in the Arts and Human Development,” 1999

College-age musicians are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts for performance anxiety, emotional concerns and alcohol-related problems.  Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998

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. Nature, May 23, 1996

The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades. 1988 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

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. College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001

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%. Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles

Music enhances the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning. Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000

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.  International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test, 1988

Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner. Neurological Research, March 15, 1999

 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. The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994



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