Why Music? Why Band?

“The College Entrance Examination Board found that student involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT’s than students with no participation.” – Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers. The College Board, compiled by NAME (2002)

The US Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.”

US Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.” – US Department of Education

The McDonald’s Corporation recently surveyed 500 CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies and 500 US Congressmen. Of those 1,000 men and women 90% said that playing a band instrument greatly aided in building their character and leadership skills. When asked if they would encourage their children to pursue music as part of a school’s curriculum, 100% of the congressmen and 98.6% of the businessmen/women said “yes”.

“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” – Bill Clinton, Former President of The United States