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Why Music?

The Importance of Music Education

'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.'

'Music has to be recognized as an...agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.'
José Antonio Abreu

'Music training helps under-achievers. Students lagging behind in scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music instruction over seven months.'
Nature, 24 May 1996


Music education teaches creative thinking, self-discipline and cooperation. Children and young people who participate in music classes or lessons are more motivated, enjoy their school week more and tend to be better students. Countless studies have shown that intelligence, test scores, reading ability, mathematical ability and social skills are all greatly improved by the study of music and fine arts.

Poster (from the University of Florida's Masters in Music Education) detailing the many benefits of music education.

Music Education Advocacy Articles

For advocacy articles on the critical importance of music education specifically and arts education in general, see:

Scientific Articles

Links to music-related articles in ScienceDaily, a compendium website of breaking scientific news:

YouTube Videos

Below are some YouTube videos discussing music's effects on the mind, as well as the value of music and music education for all age groups.

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain
Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

The Case for Music Education
A general advocacy video from the Children’s Music Workshop on the value of music education.

Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools
Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, argues the case for music education in schools.

Alzheimer's/The Power of Music
Oliver Sacks, author of Musicophilia, discusses music’s effects on Alzheimer’s patients.

Music and the Mind
Aniruddh Patel, of the Neurosciences Institute, discusses what music can teach us about the brain, and what brain science, in turn, can reveal about music.

El Sistema: Venezuela's Youth Symphony
Boston Phoenix classical music editor Lloyd Schwartz on Venezuela's world-famous classical music education system, with performance clips from a visit there in 2005.

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale
using audience participation, at the 2009 World Science Festival.

Understanding Music (an animation)

Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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