“When I hear people asking how do we fix the education system, I tell them we need to do the opposite of what is happening, cutting budgets by cutting music programs…. Nothing could be stupider than removing the ability for the left and right brains to function. Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.”
— Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, MENC Centennial Congress, Orlando, Florida, June 2007
All students should have access to quality music instruction. The benefits of having such an education are outlined below in information collected from the National Association of Music Education.
Success in Society
Teamwork. Studying music in band, in the classroom or ensemble settings, requires students to work together. Not unlike sports, music challenges the individual and provides many new learning opportunities.
Success in School
Studies find a link between the practice of music and advanced test scores and grade point averages. Learning music equals academic success.
Success in Developing Intelligence
Left and right brain activity is increased with learning music, which has proven to increase retention, focus and memory.
Success in Life
Self-discipline and focus are two by-products of music study. These essential skills, particularly if developed early, foster success in all areas of life.
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