- 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
As an educator I try and instill a love of music in my students and I try and teach them lessons about life through music. I love teaching and I feel truly blessed to have chosen a career which has enabled me to make a difference in the lives of children.
Music makes me grateful
- Kay Hawley, Music Teacher at Hopkins Public Schools
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
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 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
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.