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  1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
  2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
  3. Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they're proven to improve academics.
  4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
  5. 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).
  1. 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.
  2. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
  3. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
  4. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.
  5. 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.
  6. Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.

Sources

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    Arete Music Academy. "Statistical benefits of music in education." Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014. .

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    Arete Music Academy. "Statistical benefits of music in education." Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014. .

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    National Center for Education Statistics. "Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000 and 2009-2010." National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 24, 2015. .

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    Arte Music Academy. "Statistical benefits of music in education." Statistical-Benefits-Of-Music-In-Education. Accessed July 17, 2014. .

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    VH1: Save the Music. "The Benefits of Music Education." VH1: Save the Music. Accessed February 24, 2015. .

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    The National Association for Music Education. "Music Makes the Grade." The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015.

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    Hille, Katrin, et al. "Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school." Adv Cogn Psychol 7 (2011): 1–6. Web. Accessed February 24, 2015. .

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    Baker, Mitzi. "Music moves brain to pay attention, Stanford study finds." Stanford Medicine. Accessed February 24, 2015.

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    Trei, Lisa. "Musical training helps language processing, studies show." Stanford News. Accessed February 24, 2015. .

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

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    The National Association for Music Education. "Music Makes the Grade." The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015. .