New definition of "well-rounded education" includes Music for the first time in federal law
Graduation Rates are 90.9% and Attendance is at 93.8% in schools in which the principals and vice principals say the quality of their music education programs is excellent or very good.
87% of teachers and 79% of parents strongly believe music has a positive impact on academic performance.
89% of teachers and 82% of parents rate music education highly as a source for greater student creativity, a 21st century skill that's highly likely to help young people stand out in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children than in those without.
Listening skills are closely tied to the ability to perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention and keep sounds in memory.
To reap the full cognitive benefits of a music class, kids have to be actively engaged and participate in class.
Music training leads to greater gains in auditory and motor function when begun in young childhood; by adolescence, the plasticity that characterizes childhood has begun to decline. Results establish that music training impacts the auditory system even when it is begun in adolescence, suggesting that a modest amount of training begun later in life can affect neural function.
Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to;
Excel in their studies
Work better in teams
Have enhanced critical thinking skills
Stay in school and also pursue further education.
More benefits include
Perseverance is developed and strengthened through music education and supports better study habits and self esteem.
As children make music together, they learn to work as a team while they contribute to the song in their own way.