Music Education Information

Making the music argument with music education statistics is crucial in music education advocacy. Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance. Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.

Other essential music education statistics:
  1. 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

  2. Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs among any group in our society. ~ H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate

  3. High school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school. ~ National Educational Longitudinal Study

  4. 78% of Americans feel learning a musical instrument helps students perform better in other subjects. ~ Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music,”

  5. Nine out of ten adults and teenagers who play instruments agree that music-making brings the family closer together. ~ Music Making and Our Schools, American Music Conference

  6. With music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm. ~ Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind

  7. 71% of Americans surveyed by the Gallup Poll believe that teenagers who play an instrument are less likely to have disciplinary problems. ~ Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music,”

  8. 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

  9. Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in a conventional manner. ~ Neurological Research and Music Education Statistics

  10. The schools that produced the highest academic achievement in the United States today are spending 20% to 30% of the day on the arts, with special emphasis on music. ~ International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement

  11. Music enhances the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning. ~ Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies

  12. Teaching through the arts motivates children and increases their aptitude for learning. ~ Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind

  13. 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

  14. 95% of Americans in a Gallup Poll believe that music is a key component in a child’s well-rounded education; three-quarters of those surveyed feel that schools should mandate music education. ~ Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music

  15. Martin Gardiner of Brown University tracked the criminal records of Rhode Island residents from birth through age 30, and he concluded the more a resident was involved in music, the lower the person’s arrest record. ~ Music Linked to Reduced Criminality, MuSICA Research Notes

  16. With music instruction in schools, teachers found that students were less aggressive. ~ Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies

  17. Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 increased their math scores significantly as compared to non-music students. But just as important, reading, history, geography, and even social skills soared by 40%. ~ Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles

  18. 54% of American households reported having a least one musical instrument player, the highest figure since the study began in 1978. ~ Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music

  19. The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation. ~ College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board

  20. The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands, and Japan have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades. ~ International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

  21. Music training helps under-achievers. Students lagging behind in scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music instruction over seven months. ~ Nature (music education statistics article)

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

  23. The arts are one of the six subject areas in which the College Board recognizes as essential in order to thrive in college. ~ Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do

  24. The arts produce jobs, generating an estimated $37 billion with a return of $3.4 billion in federal income taxes.~ American Arts Alliance Fact Sheet

  25. Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. ~ College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey

  26. According to the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. A higher percentage of music participants received As, As/Bs, and Bs than non-music participants. ~ National Center for Education Statistics, Washington D.C.

  27. Lewis Thomas, physician, and biologist found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%. ~ “The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan

  28. Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is far greater than computer instruction in improving children’s abstract reasoning skills. ~ Neurological Research, Vol. 19

  29. “The arts enrich communities and employees, and also stimulate the kind of intellectual curiosity our company needs to stay competitive.” ~  Norma R. Augustine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Marietta Corporation

  30. “A grounding in the arts will help our children to see; to bring a uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser. ~ Robert E. Allen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Corporation, in “America’s Culture Begins with Education”

  31. Arts Education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate; the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.~ Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Corporate Communications, Xerox. Corporation

  32. I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training…training that prepares them to become confident young men and women. As I visit schools around the country I see a renewed interest in arts education and a growing concern about the negative impact of cutting art and music out of the curriculum. The creativity of the arts and the joy of music should be central to the education of every American child. ~  Richard W. Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

  33. Student involvement in extracurricular or co-curricular activities makes students resilient to current substance use among their peers, according to a recent statewide survey of Texas Schools. Secondary students who participated in band, orchestra or choir reported the lowest lifetime use of all substances.~  Texas School Survey of Substance Abuse Among Students: Grades 7-12

  34. Studying Music Strengthens Students’ Academic Performance. Rhode Island studies have indicated that sequential, skill-building instruction in art and music integrated with the rest of the curriculum can greatly improve children’s performance in reading and math.~   “Learning Improved by Arts Training” by Martin Gardiner, Alan Fox, Faith Knowles, and Donna Jeffrey, Nature

  35. Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Casual Relationship. Music lessons, and even simply listening to music, can enhance spatial reasoning performance, a critical higher-brain function necessary to perform complex tasks including mathematics. ~  Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

  36. Music Is One of Our Greatest Economic Exports. “The arts are an economic plus — second only to aerospace as our most lucrative national export.” ~  Michael Greene of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences