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.
High school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school. National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988
Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society. H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000
Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994
The arts are one of the six subject areas in which the College Board recognizes as essential in order to thrive in college. Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York
Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey
According to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. A higher percentage of music participants received As, As/Bs, and Bs than non-music participants. NELS:88 First Follow-up, 1990, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington D.C.
Arts Education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate; the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence. Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Corporate Communications, Xerox. Corporation
Music is Beating Computers at Enhancing Early Childhood Development. Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning. Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997
Music Enhances Linguistic Skills. Music — specifically song — is one of the best training grounds for babies learning to recognize the tones that add up to spoken language. Sandra Trehubn, University of Toronto, 1997