Playing an instrument helps youngsters better process speech in noisy classrooms and more accurately interpret the nuances of language that are conveyed by subtle changes in the human voice. (2017).
- Why Music Education Matters, quoted in the Phoenix Symphony, February 6, 2017
Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance. The National Association for Music Education.
- Music Makes the Grade, The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015
Adolescent-centered studies show that even very basic rhythm abilities, such as tapping to a beat, relate with reading skills, and we have provided initial evidence for how both abilities may rely on common underlying neural mechanisms of sound processing. Tierney, A.T. and N. Kraus, The ability to tap to a beat relates to cognitive, linguistic, and perceptual skills.
- Brain and Language, 2013. 124(3): p. 225-231
Students who take music in middle school score significantly higher on algebra assignments in 9th grade than their non-music counterparts. . Window
- Helmrich. B. H. (2010) of opportunity? Adolescence, music, and algebra. Journal of Adolescent Research. 25 (4).