What does my child get out of being in band?
Music students consistently have higher grade point averages than non-music students in the same school.
Music students on average outperform non-music students on the SAT, scoring 61 points higher on the verbal portion and 42 points higher on the math portion of the exam.
College admissions offices consider participation in band a significate plus when review student transcripts of applicants.
Students who participate in band enter college with significantly better time management skills than non-band students.
Students who participate in All-State ensembles consistently score over 200 points higher on the SAT than non-music students. This figure indicates that students can pursue excellence in music while also excelling academically.
A majority of the engineers & technical designers in Silicon Valley are also practicing musicians.
Practicing musicians demonstrate 25% more brain activity than non-musicians when listening to musical sounds.
The Performing Arts are one of the 6 subject areas in which the College Board recognizes as essential in order to thrive in college. (source: Academic Preparation for College, The College Board, New York)
According to the National Education Longitudinal Study, music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Washington D.C.)
Lewis Thomas, physician, and biologist found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%. (Source: As reported in "The Case for Music in the Schools," Phi Delta Kappa.)
Students involved in art-based curriculums have a more positive attitude about their academic abilites than comparison groups (Ashbacher & Herman, Los Angeles Public Schools Humanitas Program Evaluation).