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The Benefits of Music Education -Riff Academy Homeschool Music Curriculum

October 19, 2019


Scientific Research Shows
Music Study Helps Young Minds Develop……. *In the last several years, the results of
a number of scientific studies are building a solid
foundation of evidence that music instruction is not
only inherently worthy but that it helps young
minds grow and flourish.  Music education builds
intellect. Source: NAMM Foundation Did You Know? • Music making promotes the growth of neural
  connections in the brain • IQ scores rise with increased frequency
of music study Source: NAMM Foundation Did You Know? • New reports are emerging on a regular
basis that   substantiate our understanding of music’s
impact   on development.  In order for these benefits
to reach   children, we have to work together to
assure that all   children have access to music education Source: NAMM Foundation Did You
Know? • Middle school and high school students
  who participated in instrumental music scored
  significantly higher than their non-musical peers
  in standardized test Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey
Lynn Kluball; East Texas State Study, Daryl Erick Trent Did You
Know? • University studies conducted in Georgia
  and Texas found significant correlations between the
  number of years of instrumental music instruction and
  academic achievement in math, science and language arts Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey
Lynn Kluball; East Texas State Study, Daryl Erick Trent Did You Know? • Music majors are the most likely graduates
to   be admitted to medical school.
Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of
medical school applicants.   Source: “The Comparative Academic Abilities
of Students in Education and in Other Areas               of a Multifocus
University”, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480 He found that 66% of music majors
who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group.
For comparison, 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted. Source: “The Comparative Academic Abilities
of Students in Education and in Other Areas               of a Multifocus
University”, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480 Did You Know? • Music study can help kids understand
  advanced concepts. • Music involves ratios, fractions,
  proportions and thinking in space   and time Source: Neurological Research March, 1999 Did You Know? Music Students Score
Higher on SAT Tests Average 63 points higher in verbal
Average 47 points higher in math • A ten year study, tracking more than
  25000 students, shows that   music-making improves test scores Source: The College Board Profile of SAT and
Achievement Test Takers • Regardless of socioeconomic background,
  music-making students get higher marks in
  standardized tests than those who had no
  music involvement. Source: The College Board Profile of SAT and
Achievement Test Takers Did You Know? • A McGill study found that pattern recognition
and mental   representation scores improved significantly
for students   given piano instruction over a 3 year
period • The study also found that self-esteem
improved for   students given piano instruction • Data from the National Educational Longitudinal
Study   showed that music participants received
more   academic honors and awards than non-music
students • The percentage of music students receiving
As and Bs   was higher than the percentage of non-participants
  receiving those grades Source: National Educational Longitudinal
Study First Follow-Up, 1990, US Department of Education Did You Know? • Research shows that piano students are
better   equipped to comprehend mathematical and
  scientific concepts.  A group of preschoolers     received private piano lessons. A second group received private computer
lessons. The children who received piano training performed 34% higher on tests
measuring spatial-temporal ability. “Spatial-temporal” is basically
proportional reasoning. Source: Neurological Research Why Learn Music? • Music helps develop skills needed by the
  21st century workforce such as critical   thinking, creative problem solving,
  effective communication, team work,   and more • Music also improves the quality of a
  young persons life and assists in   healthy social development Did You Know? • Seven out of ten parents strongly agree
that music and arts instruction is very important for their
children’s school curriculum Source: NAMM Foundation • Nine out of ten adults and
teenagers who play instruments agree that music making brings
the family closer together Source: American Music Conference 2000

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