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Please enjoy the following quotes and statistics published in MENC’s “The Benefits of the Study of Music” brochure showing the importance of consistent, available music instruction in the lives of our children:
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, 2007.
Students in top-quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in math than students in deficient music programs. Christopher M. Johnson and Jenny E. Memmott, Journal of Research in Music Education, 2006.
Children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training, the better the verbal memory. Summary of
paper by Ho, Y. C., Cheung, M. C., Neuropsychology, 2003
Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ. Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, 2006
Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life. — Daniel A. Carp,
Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.