Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Trevor Eisenman | Uncategorized
For two decades I have had the privilege of guiding students in being accepted into the some of the highest-ranking universities in the world, including universities in the USA, China, Korea and Europe. Some of my US students have been accepted to Cal Tech, Stanford, Ivy League universities and the UC system.
In addition to success in academically rigorous classes and high standardized test scores, there’s another area which the universities are looking for when they evaluate suitable candidates, and that is what they have done outside of their school curriculum – their extracurricular accomplishments. In a recent discussion I had with admissions reps from Yale, Harvard and Princeton university It was once again stressed that they are looking for students who are accomplished in areas more than their grades and test scores.
One extracurricular area that is highly prized by elite universities is music. Students who have been playing music since elementary school up to when they apply for college have a tendency not only to perform better than their peers academically but also are more prized by the colleges since they have taken their time to pursue and develop a life-long talent.
What are some of the advantages of developing your musical intelligence? Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that high school band students have higher achievement scores in English, math, and biology than students who are not in band classes. Scholars from the University of Kansas, , found graduation rates 20 percent higher for students with at least one year of music, and 30 percent higher for those with more than one year of music. In addition, a longitudinal study from the University of Maryland found that for each additional year of arts education, students were 20 percent less likely to be suspended from school. Finally, A study by neuroscientists at the University of Toronto found that students who received “early extensive and continued music education showed greater fluency and competence in learning a second language when compared to non-music students.
As you can clearly see, the student’s who develop their musical intelligence early are correlated to better performance as they go through primary and secondary school which then translate into more successful matriculation rates into the more selective universities in the country. I have also found students with musical or art skills to be more confident overall in school than students who have not picked up and developed in the performing or visual arts.