Music Classes Help Students Perform Better Academically
· Students of the arts outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT according to reports by the College
Entrance Board. (To the tune of 57 points higher on verbal and 41 on the math portion.)1
· Music is the only one of the seven intelligences identified in the brain that utilizes all seven
simultaneously. Thus students who participate in music courses exercise more of their brain than in
any other course they take in school.
· Sight-reading has been referred to as a “game of mental anticipation.” Good sight-reading helps
students to process key information quickly and efficiently, providing an overview of tasks that lay
· Band and chorus reinforce skills of cooperation -- highly-sought-after qualities in today's business
world, especially in high-tech contexts.
· “The very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are, nearly without
exception, practicing musicians.” - Grant Venerable, The Paradox of the Silicon Savior.3
· Considering med school? Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergrad majors of
med school applicants and found that 66% of music majors who applied were admitted, the
HIGHEST percentage of any group. (44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.