Here are a few factoids from music research that reveal the value of music education.
1. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania School District analyzed its 1997 dropout rate in terms of students' musical experience. Students with no ensemble performance experience had a dropout rate of 7.4 percent. Students with one to two years of ensemble experience had a dropout rate of 1 percent, and those with three or more years of performance experience had a dropout rate of 0.0 percent.
-Eleanor Chute, "Music and Art Lessons Do More Than Complement Three R's", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 13, 1998.
2. One in three of today's school-aged children will hold an arts-related job at some time in his or her career.
-Education Commission on the States
3. Music students out-perform non-music 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.