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The other day I was watching an interview with the classical conductor Gerard Schwarz on PBS-TV. At one point he was commenting on the importance of music in our society. Then he talked about a study that was done, which revealed an amazing statistic: For children who take two years of music in school, the high school graduation rate is 90%. But for children who don't take music, the high school graduation rate is 40%.
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I can think of at least one explanation other than cause & effect for that correlation.
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I think Gerard's stats might be off. According to this study http://advocacy.nafme.org/files/2012/07/harrispoll.pdf the graduation rate for those schools without a music program was 72% compared to 90% for those schools that did.

I was very happy that my children's school had a very strong music program. Not only theater and chorus but also a jazz band and an orchestra. Music is a vital element of any education program in my opinion.
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I can't site any statistic, but I do know that people who study any of the sciences do better if they had some music study or experiences in their background.
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I think that learning to play a musical instrument produces at least an intuitive understanding of many principles of mathematics and science. In a sense, music IS mathematics.
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Learning anything to an intermediate level of sophistication requires diligence and perseverance. Music, dance, magic, sports, mathematics, etc. etc. have the potential to teach you the rewards of practice and patience.
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Another advantage of studying and playing music, is that it teaches kids teamwork. It's not just about "you" as the solo star. As instrumentalists in a musical ensemble, kids learn how to support others. How to work together, with each individual part contributing to the whole. Also, being happy to let someone else "shine" from time to time.
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On 2014-02-06 16:46, arthur stead wrote:
Another advantage of studying and playing music, is that it teaches kids teamwork. It's not just about "you" as the solo star. As instrumentalists in a musical ensemble, kids learn how to support others. How to work together, with each individual part contributing to the whole. Also, being happy to let someone else "shine" from time to time.




It teaches SOME children about teamwork. Smile
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When I was a kid, growing up in Pittsburgh in the 60's, they started you playing in the first or second grade. I started on cornet then and played through 7th grade. And we also learned to sing, read music. I was in a chorus in both school and church. Everybody took music lessons back then. By high school we were all doing our own thing. I, like most, started playing guitar and singing. school was much less a part of it. But the foundation was there early. I remember having an assembly one morning and musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony were there to talk about making music. I still remember the trumpet player showing how he could play using a plastic hose. And of course we had the Bernstein Young People's concerts and show. I had a 45 collection of the music from Bernstein's series. No wonder, 50 years ago when when I was 9 and everyone was buying the Beatles and I was buying Mozart. I still have and play that LP.
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