- Music training stimulates nearly every region of the brain, strengthening those regions used for complex math and abstract-thinking skills.
- Students with 1+ year of high school music experience improve their ACT scores: 4% higher on Math and 7% higher on English.
- Music training can assist in creating a better learner and help reduce the achievement gap.
- Low-income students who took music lessons in grades 8-12 saw math, reading, history, geography and social skills soar by 40% compared to non-music students.
- Music students gain the skills employers most want of teamwork, communication, problem-solving.
- 83% of adults with incomes higher than $150,000 participated in music.
These real-world benefits, alongside the simple and profound gift of daily music-making in a child’s life, make music essential.
Sources: Northwestern University; University of Kansas; Royal Conservatory of Music; Toronto; Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles, Nature; Harris Interactive/MENC
Before coming to medical school, I spent five incredible years at Oberlin studying piano performance. Studying at a music conservatory shaped how I viewed my career in medicine. I was surrounded by people who were passionate about what they did and music was a central part in every aspect of our lives.
Music makes me passionate about learning.
- Jessica Saw, Medical Student at the Mayo Clinic Rochester
I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven and music is my passion. Every time I sit down and play, I feel like nobody’s there — like I’m in my happy place. Whenever I’m feeling down, tired, or stressed, it cheers me up.
Music makes me feel relaxed
- Ricardo, Henry Sibley High School Sophmore
Being a sound engineer and a musician, I have to critically listen all the time to my work and that has changed the way I experience each day for the better.
Music makes me a better listener.
- Jesse Marks, Sound Engineer
I’ve struggled with depression for years which has affected my ability to fully participate in life. Being involved in music has helped me process my thoughts and emotions and has brought me back to a wise state of mind.
Music makes me grounded.
- Bri, Music Ed. Student at the U of M
I’ve been playing piano for nine years and since then music has been an important part of my life. Learning and playing music requires a lot of practice and patience. I feel challenged every time I finish learning a piece. It gives me something to look forward to.
Music makes me feel happy and challenged.
- Matthew, Wayzata Central Middle School Eighth Grader
I play oboe in school band and violin in Minnesota Youth Symphonies. I enjoy learning and performing new pieces, however one of the coolest things I’ve ever done was conduct an orchestra in front of other kids. I feel proud when I share my love for music with others.
Music makes me confident.
- Faith, Falcon Ridge Sixth Grader
Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost music learning provides.