Music Advocacy’s Top Ten for Administrators
1. Surveys show that a majority of parents believes the arts are as important
as reading, writing, math, science, history, or geography. Most parents
want their children to have more experience with the arts than they
had when they were young.
- Louis Harris, Americans and the Arts VI, 1992.
2. Students in two Rhode Island elementary schools who were given an
enriched, sequential, skill-building music program showed marked improvement
in reading and math skills. Students in the music program who had started
out behind the control group achieved statistical equality in reading
and pulled ahead in math.
Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey, and Knowles, Nature, May 23, 1996.
3. Over nine in ten adults (93%) surveyed agree that music is part of
a well-rounded education.
- Americans’ Attitudes Toward Music, The
Gallup Organization, 1997.
4. The Kettle Moraine school district in Wales, Wisconsin is requiring
piano lessons for all K-5 pupils after seeing encouraging results from
a district pilot program. District officials based their pilot program
on research findings that show music training - specifically piano
instruction - is far superior to computer instruction in enhancing
abstract reasoning skills.
- Karen Abercrombie, Education Week, October 14, 1998.
5. The arts are recognized as a core subject in the Goals 2000: Educate
America Act approved by both houses of Congress in 1994.
- National Education Goals Panel.
6. A two-year Swiss study involving 1,200 children in 50 schools showed
that students involved in the music program were better at languages,
learned to read more easily, showed an improved social climate, demonstrated
more enjoyment in school, and had a lower stress level than non-music
- E.W. Weber, M. Spychiger, and J.L. Patry, 1993.
7. Research shows when the arts are included in a student’s curriculum,
reading, writing, and math scores improve.
- J. Buchen Milley, A. Oderlund, and J. Mortarotti, “The Arts:
An Essential Ingredient in Education,” The California Council of
the Fine Arts Deans.
8. The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic
subject areas students should study in order to succeed in college.
- Academic Preparation for College: What Students
Should Know and Be Able to Do, The College Board.
9. When researchers analyzed the NELS:88 database of the U.S. Department
of Education, which tracked 25,000 students over a ten-year period, they
discovered that students who were involved in music scored higher on
standardized tests and reading tests than students not taking music
courses. This finding was consistent for students of all socioeconomic
- Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997.
10. School districts with strong arts education programs report that
superintendents and school principals who collectively support and regularly
articulate a vision for arts education are critically important to
the successful implementation and stability of district arts education
Gaining the Arts Advantage, The President’s
Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, 1999.