The MANY BENEFITS OF BEING IN BAND!
BAND TEACHES DISCIPLINE AND TEAMWORK:
Participation in the fine arts engenders discipline, a sense of community, trust, and teamwork. All of these qualities are essential to a student’s potential success in the workplace.
– Dr. Mike Moses, Former Texas Commissioner of Education
According to a recent statewide survey, student involvement in extracurricular or co-curricular activities makes students resilient to current substance use among their peers. Secondary students who participated in band, orchestra or choir reported the lowest lifetime use of all substances.
– Texas School Survey of Substance Abuse Among Students: Grades 7-12
BEING IN BAND MAKES YOU SMARTER:
Music students always outperform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math. Because of their study of music, their skills are better in reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall and concentration.
– B. Friedman, “An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes.”
Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math.
- 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey
According to the National Education Longitudinal Study, music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. A higher percentage of music participants received higher grades than non-music participants.
- National Center for Education Statistics, Washington D.C.
Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children's abstract reasoning skills. - Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright, Dennis and Newcomb, "Music training causes long-term enhancement of preschool children's spatial-temporal reasoning," Neurological Research, vol. 19, February 1997
Teacher Expertise in Music is a Critical Factor in Student Learning. Research indicates that teachers of all subjects -- including music -- who are more experienced and educated are more effective in the classroom. Consequently, students learn more from them.
- Paying for Public Education: New Evidence on How and Why Money Matters, by Ronald Ferguson, 1991
BEING IN BAND PREPARES YOU FOR COLLEGE:
The arts are one of the six subject areas in which the College Board recognizes as essential in order to thrive in college.
- Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, The College Board, New York
A recent study states that music majors have the highest rate of admittance to medical school. - Rockefeller Foundation
Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate; the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.
- Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Corporate Communications, Xerox Corporation