The research on music education is abundant. From the U.S. Department of Education, to the education scholar[1] — the value of arts education is resounding throughout schools, arts organizations, and education programs. Studies dating back to 1989 have revealed that students involved in music programs have enhanced self-esteem and are less likely to be involved with gangs and drugs. They also show improved reading abilities, and higher math and science scores. In addition, these students demonstrate significant improvements in their spatial abilities. Music actually makes our kids smarter and healthier.

Arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.

Scientific studies show that active music making correlates with: increased spatial-temporal reasoning and better math scores; better reading ability; and increased wellness.

Additional Resources
Music-In-Education National Consortium
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
American Music Conference (supporting music advocacy)
NAMM Foundation | Creative Resources for Elementary Music Education

[1] For more information, see the U.S. Department of Education’s website and refer to the National Assessment of Education Programs Arts Report, among other many reports. For more scholarly views, see the American Music Conference ( for reports on research being done on Music and the Brain.