For Parents  

  In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely

to have discipline problems.

2)  Students who can perform complex rhythms can also make faster and more precise corrections in

many academic and physical situations as their fine motor skills are highly developed.

3)   A ten-year study indicates that students who study music achieve higher test scores, regardless

of socioeconomic background.

4)   A 1997 study of  students in an arts-based program concluded that students’ math test scores

rose as their time in arts education classes increased.

5)   First-grade students who had daily music instruction scored higher on creativity tests than a

control group without music instruction.

6)  Students who are rhythmically skilled also tend to better plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in

their daily lives.

7)  students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident,

and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels.

8)   University admissions officers continue to cite participation in music as an important factor in

making admissions decisions. They claim that music participation demonstrates time management,

creativity, expression, and open-mindedness, self discipline and self confidence.

9)  Music is physical. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops

coordination. The air and wind power necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a

healthy body.

10)  Music is emotional. Music is an art form. We are emotional beings and every child requires an

artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s vehicle of expression.

11)  Music is for life. Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can

sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will

last their entire lives.