In the Fort Zumwalt South Band Program, we believe in the value of creating musical art simply for art's sake. We also recognize that in addition to the aesthetic joy that comes from making music, students benefit from participating in a musical ensemble in many other ways:
Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.
National Association for Music Education. "The Benefits of the Study of Music." National Association for Music Education. Accessed July 17, 2014.
Students in high-quality school music education programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of community.
Nature Neuroscience, April 2007
Students with band and orchestra experience attend college at a rate twice the national average.
Bands Across the USA
Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse).
Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998
Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.
College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001
Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math. Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in musical performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science.
B. Friedman, “An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Instrumental Music Classes,” Dissertation Abstracts International