March is "Music in Our School Month," but we celebrate it all year long! Check out the Music in Our School Month's website.Check out the National Association of Music Parents website, their mission is to "build a grassroots national movement that brings together all stakeholders of Music Education to defend the interests of our students and ensure that music and the arts remain an integral discipline within the core education system in America."Please read this poignant article by Karl Paulnack, director of the piano department at The Boston Conservatory.Here is an excellent article from the New York Times entitled Is Music the Key to Success?Time Magazine'sMusic statistics and research to ponder:Office Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier, perhaps you should start an office choir?
Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training. After one year the musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, Visio spatial processing, mathematics and IQ. --Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind; Canada; published 9/20/06
source: Why Music Education? Facts and Insights on the Benefits of Music Study
In 2006, SAT takers with coursework in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 43 points higher on the math portion (The College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report for 2006)
source: New Harris Poll Links Music Education to Advanced Studies and Higher Incomes (November 2007
In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students (NELS:88, National Education Longitudinal Survey), researchers found that students who report consistently high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12" regardless of students' socio-economic status.
--James S Caterall., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. "Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts." Los Angeles, CA: The Imagination Project at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1999.
Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school students) play one or more musical instruments.
– The Midland Chemist (American Chemical Society) Vol. 42, No.1, Feb. 2005
source: Why Music Education? Facts and Insights on the Benefits of MusicAnd a few of my favorite quotes...
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music." ~Gustav Mahler
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness." ~Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." ~Charlie Parker
"You are the music while the music lasts." ~T.S. Eliot
"Music is the universal language of mankind." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." ~Victor Hugo
"Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate." ~Arnold Bennett
"Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends." ~Alphonse de Lamartine
"A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges." ~Benny Green
"Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains." ~John Philip Sousa