Why Music?

  • The arts don’t focus on right and wrong. They open our mind to the possibility that there is more than one way to achieve a goal.
  • The arts are inherently creative. They allow us to see the big picture and allow us to creatively develop new ways and alternatives to achieve the big picture and end goal.
  • They emphasize practice and preparation and teach us not to shy away from persisting through challenges toward mastery
  • They focus on feedback and critique. It helps us to understand that feedback should not be taken personally but makes us aware of what we are capable of achieving.
  • They allow us to celebrate a moment of success for a job well done.
  • Help us cope with stress. Performing arts activities can be naturally calming.
  • Help develop important life skills for success in professional life:
    • Vocal variation
    • Eye contact
    • Utilizing space
    • Self-confidence
    • Increase in comfort level
    • Using gestures
    • Communication skills

The Research

Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

  • There is much evidence that poverty, and the chronic stress it creates, hinders the development of young brains. However, new research finds one important aspect of neural functioning is gradually strengthened when underprivileged children engage in a challenging but fun activity: Music lessons.
  • Those who spent two years participating in a free music-instruction program processed the sound of certain syllables more rapidly than their peers with less musical training.
  • Findings provide support for the efficacy of community and co-curricular music program to engender improvements in nervous system function.

Dosomething.org

  • Art and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores (Japan, Hungary, Netherlands)
  • Sustained learning in music and theatre correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.
  • Curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
  • New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth

Psychology Today

  • Musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.
  • The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult; beginning training before the age of seven has the greatest impact.
  • Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.

Usa Today

  •  School children exposed to drama, music, and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing, and math
  • Arts education may be especially helpful to poor students and those in need of remedial instruction