nwcband Mr. Smith
Northwest Classen High School Director of Bands
Music Study  & Your Child’s Education
Important Information for Parents

Playing a musical instrument is a complicated art that involves many diverse skills and challenges the child’s intellect at many levels. A recent study revealed that students gaining admittance to medical school were more often music majors as undergraduates than any other field.  Because musical training involves discipline and creativity that are not found in many areas of study, it can make your child a better student.  For some years now, research has consistently shown what music teachers have always known; that music students are better equipped to perform in many other academic areas because of the discipline of music study.

Research shows that:
"Music lessons have been shown to improve a child's performance in school.  After eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers tested showed a 46% boost in their spatial IQ, which is crucial for higher brain functions such as complex mathematics."
-Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine-  

"Students with coursework/experience in music performance scored 51 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 39 points on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.."
-Profiles of the SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference, 1995-

"Mozart's Piano Sonata K448 was found to significantly increase spatial scores of college students on IQ tests when the Sonata was listened to for 10 minutes, dubbed the 'Mozart effect'"
-From Nature Copyright 1993, Drs. Rauscher and Shaw, University of California, Irvine

"There is a direct correlation between improved SAT scores and the length of time spent studying the arts.  Those who studied the arts four or more years scored 59  points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math portions of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts."
-Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the MENC, 1995.

• Music students are 56% more likely to complete high school.
• The study of music increases student’s performance in reading and mathematics.
• Music students out perform non-music students on achievement tests.
• Music students score an average of 62 points higher than other students on SAT tests.  While the national average SAT score fell from 1969-1992, the scores of music students WENT UP! 
• “Music students always outperform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math.  Because of their study of music, their skills are better at reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration.”
-B. Friedman-

The great photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams was a problem in school.  He was an unable to concentrate on schoolwork and frequently disruptive.  In his autobiography, he credited his study of piano with developing the self-discipline and work ethic that later translated to success in a completely different field.  

It (the optics of motion) occurred to me by intuition,
and music is the driving force behind intuition.
My parents had me study violin from the time I was six.
My new discovery is the result of musical perception.

-16 year old Albert Einstein following an important, early discovery.-
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