“I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.”
“Music contributes substantially to every culture on Earth, and the enjoyment of music is universal. Music is an ideal tool for not only emotionally engaging students in (Common) Core subjects of STEM-based systems, but also for teaching them, and for preparing young minds with the capacity to comprehend more complex ideas as they progress.
“Music is like a mega-vitamin for the brain. Music can increase receptivity and retention of information, aid in the cognitive development of our children, shift our perceptions and emotional states, and inspire creativity and innovative thinking. Playing music.... simultaneously engages more areas of the human brain than any other known activity.”
Grammy Record Producer
Founder of Why Music
“Music training has been shown to activate neurological centers that improve neurological ability, the ability to learn math, and boosts cognitive ability.”
“Studies have shown that there is a significant increase in the music students’ ability to process sound, which is key to language, reading and focus in the classroom.”
Chief Content Officer Gannett
World Renowned Journalist
“Being in a music classroom, you’re working and harmonizing with others in unity. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone and gives you a sense of accomplishment.”
“Music, when taught well, provides the ‘antidote’ to today’s ‘teach-for-the-test’ assessment-driven culture because music offers the very things that employers say they are looking for in the workplace, and for what school leaders emphasize in mission and vision statements: critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving skills and creativity.
“Music teaches ‘divergent thinking,’ which is the ability to see multiple solutions to a problem.
“Innovation, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Leadership and Vision are considered beneficial outcomes of studying music.
“Music study can provide the means for students to figure out what to do, when they don’t know what to do.”
Dr. Mitchell Robinson
Associate Professor Music Education
Michigan State University
From: The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent:
“Of course, both the fundamentals and the more Creative field are crucial to our economic success. The basics are not enough, though. What we really need in order to prepare our children for the creative economy is a comprehensive education; something that takes them from aesthetics to algebra without pretending that the two are mutually exclusive.
“We need to see to it that from an early age, our entire population is encouraged to develop its people skills with its multiplication tables and it’s creative and entrepreneurial potential with its reading abilities.”
From: “A Search for Jobs in all the Wrong Places,” USA Today, February 12, 2006
“Though it’s crucial to invest in math, science and engineering as the president outlined in his recent State of the Union address, there are other fields that hold more promise...Prefer a more artistic career? Our economy is poised to create new forms of entertainment from rock’n’roll and hip-hop to film and video games. Indeed, over the next 10 years, jobs in the art, music, culture and entertainment will grow twice as many as jobs in engineering will.“
Head of the Martin Prosperity Institute
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto