Music is designated a (core
academic subject( in the 'No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX,
Part A, Sec. 9101 (11 )
The College Board identifies the arts as
one of the six basic academic subjects students
need in order to succeed in college.
Academic Preparation for College: What Students
Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still
in use], The College Board, New York
"The arts make better math and science
students, enhance spatial intelligence
in newborns, and...are a compelling solution to teen violence."
Michael Greene, Recording Academy President
and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February
In 2001, students participating in music
scored higher on the SATs than students with
no arts participation.
• Scores for students in music performance classes
were 57 points higher (Verbal) and 41 points
• Scores for students in music appreciation classes
were 63 points higher (Verbal) and 44 points
College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile
of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ:
The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001
"The musician is constantly adjusting
decisions on tempo, tone, style,
rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly
good at organizing and conducting
numerous activities at once. "
Ratey John J., MD. A User's Guide to the Brain.
New York: Pantheon Books, 2001