- 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
My website project thetouchofsound.com features authentic sound recordings from around the world. As a passionate traveler, I am always looking for a window into the life of the locals while on the road. Music provides that opportunity.
Music makes me explore.
- Jonah Marks, Founder of TheTouchOfSound.com
I’ve been listening to music since I was a baby and now I play cello in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. I love music so much it is indescribable!
Music makes me who I am.
- Hannah, Saint Louis Park Middle School Seventh Grader
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
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
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
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.