March is Music In Our Schools Month!


March is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. It’s MUSIC  IN  OUR  SCHOOLS  MONTH !

Why Play Music?

  • It’s fun! Playing and learning music benefits people of all ages.
  • Infants recognize the melody of a song long before they understand the words
  • Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers
  • Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests
  • Students in all regions with lower-quality instrumental programs scored higher in English and mathematics than students who had no music at all
  • Music education improves average SAT scores
  • In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs)
  • Musicians are found to have superior working memory compared to non-musicians
  • Music stimulate parts of the brain, and studies have demonstrated that music enhances the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients
  • Playing an instrument as a kid leads to a sharper mind in old age
  • Cognitive and neural benefits of musical experience continue throughout the lifespan, and counteract some of the negative effects of aging

Source: NAMM Foundation


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