"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

Why Music Matters

Did you know…?

  • Teens indicate making music provides the freedom for teens to just be themselves; to be different; to be something they thought they could never be; to be comfortable and relaxed in school and elsewhere in their lives.

    Presentation to U.S. Congress, 2007, Washington D.C. (Invited and arranged by the National Association of Music Merchants/NAMM, on “The Impact of Music on the Lives of Children and Adolescents”).

  • 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.

    National Association for Music Education. "The Benefits of the Study of Music." National Association for Music Education. Accessed July 17, 2014. 

  • Students in high-quality school music education programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of community.

    Nature Neuroscience, April 2007