It has often been said that “All the smart kids are in music”. What we now find is that it is actually the music programs that are helping to make smarter students.
Did you know that students who participate in music programs in schools score 45 points higher on the verbal and 37 points higher on the math portions of the SAT tests than students who do not? The gap in scores between music and non-music students widens with the length of time students study music.
Not only does participation in music help a child’s overall intellectual development, which corresponds to higher grades and better test scores, but music teaches a child critical skills that are important in today’s workforce: self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving, self esteem, and self-expression.