March has arrived, signaling not only the approach of Spring, but Music in Our Schools month, as well. According to The College Board’s Profile of College-Bound Seniors National Report for 2006, students who studied music for four or more years scored 57 points higher than their peers on verbal Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and 43 points higher on math SATs than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. The longer students were involved in arts education, the higher the increase in SAT scores.
Music and the arts may be related to intelligence not only because they stimulate the brain, but because they can foster the interests and discipline necessary for academic achievement. Music can give children the self-confidence needed to achieve, and self-confidence can spread to other areas of education beyond the arts.
Rodel and Vision 2015 support learning opportunities that enrich and go beyond the core subjects. Let’s make sure that music and the arts remain a part of our children’s education.