Music Education Facts – Character Development (117.36 kB)

With music in schools, students connect to each other better-greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind, 2001

Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.
H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

Nine out of ten adults and teenagers who play instruments agree that music making brings the family closer together.
Music Making and Our Schools, American Music Conference, 2000

Martin Gardiner of Brown University tracked the criminal records of Rhode Island residents from birth through age 30, and he concluded the more a resident was involved in music, the lower the person’s arrest record.
Music Linked to Reduced Criminality, MuSICA Research Notes, Winter 2000

With music instruction in schools, teachers found that students were less aggressive.
Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies, 2000

In a 2000 survey, 73 percent of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
Americans Love Making Music –And Value Music Education More Highly Than Ever, American Music Conference, 2000.

College-age musicians are emotionally healthier than their non-musician counterparts for performance anxiety, emotional concerns and alcohol-related problems.
Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998

Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).
Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Houston Chronicle, January 11, 1998.

Students who are exposed to cultural institutions, like museums and performing arts centers, not only have higher levels of engagement with the arts but display greater tolerance, historical empathy, as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills.
The Educational Value of Field Trips, EducationNext, By Jay P. GreeneBrian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen