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“Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.”

- ARISTOTLE, Politics


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Music is a Science

Music is Mathematical

Music is a Foreign Language

Music is History

Music is Physical Education

Music develops Insight and demands Research

Music is all of these things, but most of all…Music is Art!


Not because we expect you to major in music…

Not because we expect you to play of sing all your life…

But so you will become human…

So you will recognize beauty…

So you will be closer to an Infinite beyond this world…

So you will have something to cling to…

So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good…

In short, more LIFE.


Kelly Knedler's Quote on Music

People need music. Think of every public venue in society...There is always music. Music reflects our culture. Music reflects our emotions. Music creates teamwork. Music creates self-regulation. Music primes creativity. Music primes discipline. Music heals. Music inspires. Music is a basic human need.


The AdvoAngle Research and Advocacy Tools to Use Right Now

Research reveals strong correlations between quality music education in school and academic achievement, healthy social development, preparation for the 21st century workplace and the quality of a young person’s life. Here are some key points you can use to help build and maintain support for music education in our public schools:

  • 91% of American voters indicate that music and the arts are essential to building capacities of the imagination. 82% of voters want to build imagination and creative skills in schools. Almost 9 in 10 voters agree that the imagination is a key ingredient to innovation and student success. – 2007 poll by Lake Research Partners

  • Students in high quality school music education programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, independent of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. – study conducted by Dr. Christopher Johnson, University of Kansas, published in the Spring 2007 issue of the Journal for Research in Music Education

  • 96% of high school principals surveyed agree that participating in music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school. 89% feel that a high-quality music education program contributes to their school achieving higher graduation rates. – 2006 poll by Harris Interactive

  • Teens who participate in music education programs see music as their “social glue,” as a bridge for building acceptance and tolerance for people of different ages and cultural circumstances, and associate playing music with music literacy, self-discipline, listening skills, motor ability, eye-hand coordination and heightened intellectual capabilities. – study conducted by Dr. Patricia Shehan Campbell, University of Washington, published in the Fall 2007 Issue of the Journal for Research in Music Education


Even More....Research and Advocacy Tools to Use Right Now

When music schools and departments graduate students whose knowledge, skills, and value commitments urge them toward full engagement with the roles they play in societal well-being, it's entirely possible that society in turn will validate the importance of music and musicians as a crucial component of society's fabric.

-Myers, Refining Music Studies, 2017. pp. 139-140

Young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:
* 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
* 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
* 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
* 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
* 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem*

-Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations, Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998.

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT’s than students with no participation. – Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by the Music Educators National Conference (2002)

U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12." - U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database

Arts involvement teaches children many skills necessary to succeed in life, including problem solving and decision making, building self-confidence and self-discipline, the ability to imagine what might be and to accept responsibility for it, teamwork, the development of informed perception, and articulating a vision. – Compiled from various research documents and reports

A research team reports that early music training dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering. - From Neurological Research, Feb 28, 1997; Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D, University of California, Irvine

“Music education can be a positive force on all aspects of a child’s life, particularly on their academic success. The study of music by children has been linked to higher scores on the SAT and other learning aptitude tests, and has proven to be an invaluable tool in classrooms across the country. Given the impact music can have on our children’s education, we should support every effort to bring music into their classrooms.” - Jeff Bingaman – U.S. Senator, New Mexico

Like mathematics, music has a universal language, with a symbolic way of representing the world. Again, like mathematics, the musical arts let us communicate with others–illuminate and record human insights. Musical arts are not only part of our built-in, biological design, but they may develop essential neurobiological systems. If they do, they are far more important than the fact that they might boost jigsaw puzzle (spatial) skills. Neurobiologist Mark Jude Tramo of Harvard Medical School says, “Music is biologically part of human life, just as music is aesthetically part of human life.” Compelling evidence supports the hypothesis that musical arts may provide a positive, significant, and lasting benefit to learners. There is no single piece of evidence, but the diversity and depth of supporting material is overwhelming. If this were a court case, the ruling would be that music is valuable beyond reasonable doubt. - Source: Arts with the Brain in Mind; Eric Jensen, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development?Source Date: 2001-01-01

“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” – Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America

“The term ‘core academic subjects’ means English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.” – No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, Title IX, Part A, Sec. 9101 (11)

According to statistics compiled by the National Data Resource Center, students who can be classified as “disruptive” (based on factors such as frequent skipping of classes, times in trouble, in-school suspensions, disciplinary reasons given, arrests, and drop-outs) total 12.14 percent of the total school population. In contrast, only 8.08 percent of students involved in music classes meet the same criteria as “disruptive.” – Based on data from the NELS:88 (National Education Longitudinal Study), second follow-up, 1992


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Submit a Quote about Music Education for our Advocacy Quotes Page

[Music is] the breath in the quest of knowledge.

Music is a universal language. The more you understand it, the more you appreciate it. Music can change lives and bring us all together. 

Music is psychologist’s couch on which we process feelings we haven’t yet faced or experienced. Music allows us to “try on” emotions through performing historically significant pieces and channeling their motivation. In a nation where schools are tasked with teaching students emotional awareness, I can think of no better class to achieve this goal.

No music in education is like a kid without a smile.

Imagine a garden with only vegetables and no flowers...That is STEM versus STEAM. Veatables are essential to life, but flowers are essential to esteem!

Music is a healer! Responses from my students: Music has helped me stay positive during quarantine. Music encourages and motivates me to keep going. Music gives me hope that all of this is temporary.

The beat of Music just like our heart, indicates that we’re dead!


Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts



Problem Solving



Non-Verbal Communication

Receiving Constructive Feedback





From the voices of the youth and adult music advocates of Kansas.
Answers recorded at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop

To Me…Music Education Is...














My Life









The way



An outlet


Life Itself

My Sport


My Savior





My Escape




The Future

A Pathway

Pretty Cool

An Artform


A safe place

My Life-line

Stress Relief

World Peace

An extension

Music = Love

My safety net

A skill to learn

An Experience

My Everything

Empowers me

Training for life

Innately human

My happy place

Passion to share

Reflects my soul

A Stress reliever

A key to success

A relaxation tool

Life, Heart & Soul

My happy & calm

My life & my soul

A place to belong

What saved my life

Your Soul speaking

A way to be myself

Freedom to Express

A moment of clarity

Makes me feel free

The reason I’m alive

Makes me feel good

An expression of joy

An expressive outlet

Helps my Depression

My life. All that I have

An expression of love

A way to meet people

Helps me make friends

Makes me feel magical

Makes me feel included

Relaxation & Expression

Helping others have fun

What gave me my Voice

Can make anyone happy

The reason I’m not dead

An expression of Emotion

A way to connect to others

Gives me a feeling of pride

Music helps calm my mind

Where I can fully be myself

A way to live life differently

An escape from my struggles

A way to express my feelings

Something to look forward to

My life; What else could I say?

It allows me to express myself

It is my way to express myself

It makes me happy and proud

A way to insert Grit into myself

Safe place free from everything

Music is fun & makes me happy

Furthering myself and having fun

My language when words fail me

The only thing that keeps me sane

Helps me cope with my Depression

A universal form of communication

A great way of growing good people

Music helps me connect with others

Unifies the hearts of people together

Expanding, Growing & Opening Minds

Connects me to everything & everyone

Exercises my brain & relieves my stress

Something everyone should experience

My reason for getting up in the morning

My main reason to live, my passion for life

Transcends anything else I’ve experienced

An outlet for all of the other stresses in Life

A way to express myself without judgement

An avenue to express myself without words

My escape from reality and build confidence

Is how I express what I cannot put into words

A way to express myself in the deepest storm

A way for me to connect with my creative side

Social experiences that make us all more human

A way to share emotional experiences with others

Love and crosses all barriers of age culture and color

The expression of thoughts & feelings through sound

I can express myself freely without fear of judgement

Something no one can make me do or take away from me

The Connection between my mind and soul. Music is sanity

Gives me a sense of pride, knowing I can do something well

Inspiration and freedom…It helps me escape and just be me

A way to express how I feel & make new Friends & even Family

Gives everyone a safe space to make friends while being themselves

Helps me express myself and makes me human. It helps me feel free

Typically 10+ points higher on ACT test…Plus greatest therapy there is

The hardest thing I’ve ever done, and the “funnest” thing I’ve ever done

Gives me something I can be proud of. It ranges and can make anyone’s day better

Is my life: It’s what keeps me breathing, living, sane. IDK what I’d do without music?

Music lets me express my emotions in song. It is the universal language of mankind and I feel blessed to be able to play my instrument freely.


Current….Research and Advocacy Tools to Use Right Now

Something that Legislators and other people need to understand that the one thing that music teaches that the other subjects often don’t teach is dependency on other people to succeed. -Dr. Jim Henry (Crossroads Quartet, International Barbershop Quartet Champion)

You never know who is sitting in your [class]room. – Phillip Riggs (Grammy Award Winner, Music Director NC School of Science & Math)


You all know the value proposition of what you do, bit I think you’ve been so put down at times by the actions Congress has taken, the Department of Education has taken, maybe a school board member, an administrator or principal has taken to make you feel like you are not as valued or what you do for students is not as important as a standardized test. But with the passage of ESSA for the first time in American History, Congress has said, “You matter.” What you teach, what you offer to children is every bit as important as every other listed in Federal law! – Chris Woodside (Deputy Ex. Dir. NAfME, Center for Advocacy & Constituency Engagement)


Music education stimulates, challenges, and enriches our young people during their formative school years; its value lasts a lifetime. – Tammy Baldwin


If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education. – Yo-Yo Ma


Everything you need to succeed in life is currently being taught in music class. – NAfME


There is no way to be a perfect teacher…but a million ways to be a great one. –


6 Ways Mister Rogers Influenced Music Education (from a website article on Cued In by Art Williams from Faulkner University): 1. Original Compositions; 2. Music Underscore; 3. Opera Production; 4. Musical Guests; 5. Music Lessons; and 6. Musical Messages. 


6 Psychological and Physical Benefits of Choral Singing (from a website article on CMUSE by Jordan Smith): 1.Strengthen Feeling of Togetherness; 2. Regulate Heart Rate; 3. Reduce Stress Levels and Depression; 4. Improve Symptoms of Parkinson’s and Lung Disease; 5. Improve Feeling of Social Wellbeing; and 6. Increase Life Expectancy?

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