The NAMM Foundation commissioned a four-year study conducted by Metis Associates to examine whether there is a relationship between the amount of music and arts implementation in New York City public schools and chronic absenteeism. Researchers from Metis Associates examined data from 2015-2019 that included 1,700 public schools and more than 1.1 million students. The study was designed to address the following research question:
- What is the relationship between the amount of arts that schools provide and their school-day attendance?
The study found that offering more music and arts was associated with lower chronic absenteeism rates and higher overall school-day attendance rates.