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Through the years many research projects, great educators and great thinkers have indicated that music is the most important part of education because of its many benefits, as demonstrated by these quotations below:

"I would be extremely cautious about arguing that passive listening to music briefly produces an 'increase in IQ'. The major transfer effects of music are likely to come from active playing of music and in continual music education experiences." - Professor Frances Rauscher

"We cannot assume people, who see their student working hard with you, will somehow understand the complex nature of the student's learning and problem solving, the discipline needed and how that may benefit this student in other life challenges. We must articulate this." - David O'Fallon, Exec. Director, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, Minnesota, AMT Magazine, Dec/Jan 2000/2001.

"The arts are one tool used by states to enhance workforce readiness for students... Programs incorporating the arts have proven to be educational, developmentally rich, and cost-effective ways to provide students the skills they need to be productive participants in today's economy." - Issue Brief, 5/2002 from the National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices Titled, "The Impact of Arts Edcuation on Workforce Preparation"

"We live in an age increasingly ruled by science and technology, a fact that only underscores the need for more emphasis on the arts...A grounding in the arts will help our children see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser." - Robert E. Allen, former Chairman and Chief Exectuvie Officer, AT&T

"I would teach children music, physics and philosophy but most importanly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are th keys of learning." - Plato

"If you're shy, music teaches self-expression
If you're awkward, it teaches coordination
If you're uncertain, it teaches confidence
If you give up easily, it's perseverence
If you're inattentive, it's concentration
If you're impulsive, it's a way to channel energy into a rewarding accomplishment
For all children, music is one of the greatest forms of self-improvement."

"The accumulated research of skilled scholars...is unambiguous: The arts contribute in many ways to academic achievement, student engagement, motivation and social skills. Notions that the arts are frivolous add-ons to a seirous curriculum couldn't be further from the truth." - Professor James Catterall, A UCLA Education Department, Critical Links co-author.

"The Mozart Effect - Study showed that college students scored significantly higher on spatial-temporal reasoning after listening to the first 10 minutes of Mozart's Allegro Con Spirito from Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major K448, but not after listening to silence, a relaxation tape, minimalist music, dance music or a short story." First experiment to show a causal link for music enhancing ST reasoning. - Gordon Shaw/Frances Rausher, UCLA Nature magazine, Vol. 365, 1993

"Preschoolers receiving piano lessons for 6 months tested 34% higher on spatial-temporal skills than students receiving computer lessons" - Dr. Shaw and Rauscher, UCLA, 1997

"Students involved in music generally tested higher on SATs and reading proficiency tests than those who had no music involvement." - James Catterall, Analysis of US Department of Education's database "NELLs88", tracking 25,000 students over a 10 year period, 1997.

"Music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. The percentage of music participants receiving A's, A's/B's and B's was higher than the percentage of non-participants receiving those grades." - James Catterall, College Board Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takes, The CEEB, Princeton, NJ, 1990.

"Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation score higher on the SAT than those with no arts participation:

53-61 points higher
39-42 points higher
52 points higher
37 points higher
59 points higher
41 points higher

"Second and third grade students taught fractions using music rhythmic notations and relationships scored a full 100% higher on fractions testing than those who learned in traditional instruction." - Neurological Research, March 15, 1999

"Second graders studying keyboard for 4 months scored 27% higher in fractions and proportional math testing than students who didn't." - Neurological Research, March, 1999

"Students who participate in the arts for at least 3 hours on 3 days each week for one full year were:

4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office
4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem"

- Two-Year National Public Awareness Program Survey, The Americans for the Arts, Jan. 2002 (arts_usa.org)


Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
The nation's leading arts advocacy organization and arts information clearing house.
American Music Conference
A national non-profit educational association dedicated to promoting the importance of music, music-making and music education to the general public.

Arts in Education Partnership

Formerly the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership, AEP is a national coalition of arts, education, business, philanthropic and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America's schools. The Arts Education Partnership was formed in 1995 through a cooperative agreement among the National Endowment for the Arts, US Department of Education, National Assembly of State Art Agencies, and Council of Chief State School Officers.

Children's Music Workshop

Articles on music advocacy
Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's only multi-disciplinary arts organization. Advances the arts through advocacy, programs and services.
International Foundation for Music Research
Promotes and funds research in the broad field of music and behavior including cognitive science, psychology, education, neuroscience, medicine, health, therapy, child development, adolescence, aging and allied disciplines.
John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts Alliance for Arts Education
www.artsedge.kennedy-center.org/ professional_resources/advocacy/artsedge.html
Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
Members include music teachers, university faculty and researchers, college students preparing to be teachers, high school Honor Society members and MusicFriends. Advances music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Members include independent and collegiate music teachers of all instruments including voice. Advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers.
Music Is....
Website devoted to the benefits of music study.
Music and Science Information Computer Archive (MUSICA)
Music Intelligence Neural Development Institute (MIND Institute)
Community based, non-profit, interdisciplinary basic scientific research institutes. Mission is to understand the neural machinery of higher brain function, to perform innovative behavioral sutdies and to channel the results back into society for the benefit of education and medicine.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts enriches our Nation and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in the arts, and strengthening the arts in communities throughot the country.
National Foundation for the
Advancement of the Arts
A non-profit arts organization. Identifies emerging artists and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and raises appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society.
National Piano Foundation
The educational arm of the Piano Manufactures Association International (formerly the National Piano Manufacturers Association).
International Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
An international association representing more than 7.700 retailers and manufactures of musical instruments and products from 85 countires worldwide. Mission includes unifying, leading and strengthening the global music products industry and increasing active participation in music making.
Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA)
The PA affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Seeks to promote the professional growth and development of its members and further the art of music by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research.
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)
The PA affiliate of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Promotes the musical development of all Pennsylvanians, advocates for quality music education, recognizes music education as a life time activity, and fosters an appreciation of music.

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH)

Created by Presidential Executive Order in 1982, PCAH identifies issues and develops initiaives in the arts and the humanities. It bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation, and helps to incorporate the humanities and the arts into White House objectives.
VH1 Save the Music Foundation
A non-profit initiative that restores music education programs in America's public schools and raises awareness of the positive impact music participation has on students.

Special thanks to Rebecca Lewis for the compilation of information used on this web page.

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