“Children with music classes graduate at higher rates and have better attendance than children that don’t have music classes.” (Source: McGill University, 2007)

 

  Students Enrolled in Music            Students not Enrolled in Music

Graduation Rate

 90.2% 72.9%
 Attendance Rate 93.3% 84.9%


    “Taking music elective courses is a better indicator that a student will stay in college than high SAT scores or high GPA.”- Dr. Denise C. Gardner, Effect of Music Courses On Retention, Georgia Tech, 2000.

    “66% of college music majors are accepted into medical school. The highest of any college major. The next highest belongs to Bio-Chemistry Majors (44%)." (Source: The Corporation Academic Abilities Studies in Education, 1994)

    “Children involved in music score 7.2 points higher on I.Q. Tests.” (Source: American Psychological Association, 2006)

    “Children involved in music score higher on their SAT Tests. 57 points Higher on verbal, 41 points on Math.” (Source: Music Educators National Conference, 2001)

    “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.” (Source: Nature, May 23, 1996

    “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.” (Source: The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994)

    “99.2% of parents find when their child becomes involved in a music program, the parent/child relationship improves. They also find behavior, communicative and social skills become more positive.” (Source: Board of Studies, New South Wales Australia, 2004)

    “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.” (Source: H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000)

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

    “The Schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20%-30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music.” (Source: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement {IAEEA} Test, 1988)

    “The foremost technical designers and engineers in Silicon Valley are almost all practicing musicians.” (Source: Dee Dickinson, Music and the Mind, 1993)