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).

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