"78% of Americans feel learning a musical instrument helps students perform better in other subjects."
-Gallup Poll, "American Attitudes Toward Music," 2003

"The nation's top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.
-The Changing Workplace is Changing Our View of Education, BusinessWeek, October 1996

"96% of respondents to a U.S. Gallup Poll believe participation in a school band is a good way for children to develop teamwork skills.
-Gallup Poll, "American Attitudes Toward Music", 2003


"Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner.
-Neurological Research, March 15, 1999

"A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.
-The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.
-Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

Social Skills

"A Columbia University study revealed that students in the arts are found to be more cooperative with teachers and peers, more self-confident and better able to express their ideas. These benefits exist across socioeconomic levels.
-The Arts Education Partnership, 1999

"During moments of musical euphoria, blood travels through the brain to areas where other stimuli can produce feelings of contentment and joy-and travels away from brain cell areas associated with depression and fear.
-Dr. Frederick Tims, reported in AMC Music News, June 2, 1999

"College-age musicians are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts for performance anxiety, emotional concerns and alcohol-related problems.
-Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998