Benefits of the Music Arts
Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by
studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these
skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new
Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America

•        Students with coursework/experience in music performance and
music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music
performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher
on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher
on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no
arts participation.
— College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of
SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination

•         “Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits
that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that leads to effective study
and work habits. An association of music and math has, in fact, long been
noted. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and
provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. In medicine,
increasing published reports demonstrate that music has a healing effect
on patients. For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our
educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and
— Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor
College of Music.

•        “Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so
many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s
important to preserve those things that help us experience our common
— Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

•        “Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves,
but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can
introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and
to the myriad rhythms of life.”
— Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company
Chairman and CEO.
Music Technology Learning Center