Why Is Music So Important?
While reading through professional publications recently I came across a couple of statistics that I thought were interesting. In addition to our studies of the arts from a very young age we were also students of history, geography, math, science, physical education, and English/literature, all of the subjects that every student must learn about. Here is a collection of statements by various universities and independant research companies regarding music education:
* Students who are in music-performance classes score an average 57 points higher on the verbal section of the SAT and 41 points higher in math than non-music students. (Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent)
* Students who major in music score higher on reading exams than any other major at the collegiate level. (Source: Carl Hartman, "Arts May Improve Students' Grades,"The Associated Press, October, 1999.)
* One 10-year study shows that music students achieve higher test scores regardless of their socioeconomic status. (Source: Dr. James Catterall, UCLA.)
* "The poll by Harris Interactive, an independant research company, showed that 88 percent of people with a post-graduate education were involved in music while in school, and 83 percent of people earning $150,000 or more had a music education."
"Part of it is the discipline itself in learning music, it's a rigorous discipline, and in an ensemble situation, there's a great deal of working with others, Those types of skills stand you well in careers later in life," John Mahlmann, of the National Association for Music Education.
Now, more than ever, arts education is important.