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What are the benefits of participating in music?

Higher order thinking skills – analysis, synthesis, evaluation, critical judgment, including imaginative and creative thinking – are developed in the arts.
excerpts from A Report on Arts Education in Wisconsin: The State Superintendent’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Arts Education, 2000

...provides opportunity for visible success and achievement in the school and community.
excerpt from the Philosophy Statement of the WMEA

University studies conducted in Georgia and Texas found significant correlations between the number of years of instrumental music instruction and academic achievement in math, science, and language arts.
Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent

High school music students score higher on SAT’s in both verbal and math than their peers.
Source: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001
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