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in Shallowater, Texas and Lubbock, Texas area

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Music Education and Success in School

Adapted from “Straight Talk about Music and Brain Research”, Teaching Music, December, 1999.

Children who study music tend to do better academically than those who do not study music. And they tend to behave more responsibly as students if given the opportunity to study music – even if they are from at-risk populations.

n Students with course work or experience in music performance scored 53 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 39 points higher on the math portion than students with no course work or experience in the arts. Scores for those with course work in music appreciation were 61 points higher on the verbal portion and 42 points higher on the math portion. – The College Board, 1999

n Music participants received more academic honors and awards than nonmusic students, and the percentage of music participants receiving As, As/Bs, and Bs was higher than the percentage of nonparticipants receiving those grades – National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS), First Follow-up, 1990, National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, D.C.

n Students who can be classified as “disruptive” (based on factors such as frequent skipping of classes, number of times in trouble, in-school suspensions, disciplinary action, arrests, and dropouts) to 12.14 percent of the total school population. In contrast, only 8.08 percent of students involved in music classes meet the same “disruptive” criteria. – Based on data from the NELS:88 , Second Follow-up, 1992.



"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." Psalms 95:2

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music." Psalms 98:4