Did You Know
Learn some fun facts about the benefits of the arts!
Scientific research has proven that high-quality Music and Dance instruction improves a child’s:
- Reading ability – Reading skills are improved when children can tap a steady beat to different genres of music
- Test scores- Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
- Verbal skills
- Social emotional learning
- Cognitive skills – A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
- Team-building- Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
- Critical thinking
- Attendance – Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.
- Public speaking
- Concentration – Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
- Healthy choices – secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
- Executive functioning
-  Hille, Katrin, et al. “Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school.” Adv Cogn Psychol 7 (2011): 1–6. Web. Accessed February 24, 2015.
-  Baker, Mitzi. “Music moves brain to pay attention, Stanford study finds.” Stanford Medicine. Accessed February 24, 2015.
-  Arte Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Statistical-Benefits-Of-Music-In-Education. Accessed July 17, 2014.
-  The National Association for Music Education. “Music Makes the Grade.” The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015.
-  Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014.
-  VH1: Save the Music. “The Benefits of Music Education.” VH1: Save the Music. Accessed February 24, 2015.