When a school district is faced with a budget issue, music programs are often among the first cut. It’s a problem that districts around the country have faced for years now despite several studies that show the benefits of music education.
Here are five statistics that prove why music education is so important
1. Better Test Scores
Nature Neuroscience found that students participating in music education programs score higher on standardized tests than students who do not.
2. Higher Graduation Rates
According to Children’s Music Workshop, schools with music programs averaged a 90.2% graduation rate, while schools without music education had an average graduation rate of 72.9%.
3. Fewer Discipline Issues
A study from the Northeast Iowa School of Music found that children involved with music programs have shown to have fewer discipline issues and get along better with classmates.
4. Greater Cognitive Benefits
There are numerous cognitive benefits when children participate in music education programs including having greater abstract reasoning, better listening skills and improved memory.
5. Improved Ability to Accept Constructive Criticism
A study published by The Wall Street Journal found that children involved in music education programs “offer a space where kids learn how to accept and give constructive criticism.” Another study from the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Conn. concurred and found that “Turning negative feedback into positive change helps build self-confidence.”