1. The College Board, the administrator of the SAT Test, identifies the arts (including music) as one of the 6 areas that students should study in order to succeed in college.
2. University admissions officers clearly state that students who participate in arts classes continually through high school have an advantage over students who do not when applying for high-end schools.
3. During the admissions process, colleges and universities look for students who "stand out" and who have something to offer to the campus. Music students who have played for at least 3 years in high school ensembles are automatically placed in this category (assuming they have met all other university entrance requirements).
4. Continuous enrollment in music is valued by colleges and universities much more highly than extra years of foreign language classes. Students having to choose between music and extra language classes at the junior high level should ALWAYS choose music according to admissions officers of several universities. Language requirements can be met in high school along with music classes.
5. Playing an instrument well can help a student get into a university if they are willing to play in the university's ensembles. Students do NOT have to be a music major to take advantage of this. All universities have to have enough musicians on each instrument to feature high-level performing groups. University band and orchestra directors will find a way for a talented student/musician to get into a school. (Mrs. Whitney knows a trombone player who was initially turned down by UC Berkeley and was later accepted when he agreed to play in their marching band.)
6. Having music on a student's transcript all through high school shows that a students has developed skills in group work, multi-tasking, spatial reasoning, mathematics, leadership, community spirit, and many other areas. These types of skills cannot be found all together in any other class.
7. MOST college music scholarships go unclaimed. A student does not have to be a music major to apply for music scholarships.
8. Physician and biologist, Lewis Thomas, studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. Only 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.
Sixth Graders are highly encouraged to continue with band in 7th and 8th grades. Sadly, if a student drops out of band in 7th or 8th grade, they almost never rejoin band in high school. I (Mrs. Whitney) have been teaching since 2000 and know thousands of band students. I can not recall one band student who "took a break" in junior high and then joined band again in high school.
Below is the Irvington High School Wind Ensemble playing at our Attendance Area Concert in 2007. Most of the students in this group joined beginning band as 4th or 5th graders. They participated in band at Horner in 7th and 8th grade. They went on to play all 4 years in Irvington High School bands and graduated from Irvington in 2007 thur 2010.
Students in THIS video have been accepted, and are now attending or have graduated from San Jose State, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, MIT, Standford and Harvard!
Thanks to Greg Conway (Hopkins) and Paul Lorigan (Horner) for compiling this.
Morry Goldstein's page on "Why Teach Music?" (or perhaps more accurately... "Why Learn Music?") http://www.saxmoe.com/why_teach_music.htm
National Association of Music Educators' Facts and Insights on the Benefits of Music Study http://advocacy.nafme.org/resources/general-resources/