Why Music?

Pediatrician David Geller talks about the age that children are ready for music lessons, and even mentions Kindermusik

Recent article supporting music and its benefits.

New research explores how—and why—music affects our brains.

Article explores why music makes us happy.

Resources on music education from MENC (National Association for Music Education).

A collection of quotes from business leaders about the importance of the arts for a well-balanced life.

Includes a practical guide for how to get involved with supporting music.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” -Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the Suzuki method of music educator

Music education is … “terribly important, extremely important—because when you are a child, you are in a receptive age.”- Eugene Ormandy, conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra

“95% of Americans in a 2003 Gallup Poll believe that music is a key component in a child’s well-rounded education; three quarters of those surveyed feel that schools should mandate music education.”-2003 Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music”

“Studying music encourages self discipline and diligence traits that carry over into mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography.”-No Child Left Behind Act

“The nation’s top business executives agree that arts education programs can help repair weaknesses in American education and better prepare workers for the 21st century.”-”The Changing Workplace is Changing Our View of Education”, BusinessWeek

“When a child learns by experience that music forges direct links between self and world, self-expression becomes more fluent; the music helps interpret ‘who I am’.”-”Growing up Complete”, the report of the National Commission on Music Education

“Children learn better with arts as part of the curriculum. They learn all their subjects better. They’re more engaged. Teacher attendance goes up. The child is happier; the teacher is happier.”-Jane Alexander, former Chair, National Endowment for the Arts

“Great art doesn’t just happen. It has to be produced by people whose talent and skill are recognized early, nurtured, and given room to grow. Art needs, too, educated audiences to view it, listen to it, and pay for it. But audiences are created only if we educate our children to understand, appreciate, and make art themselves. And that means arts education.”-Carol Sterling, Consultant, Arts Education

“An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.” -Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor