The Effects of Music on Academic Achievements

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Did you know that Albert Einstein played the violin? Einstein once said: “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Research shows that kids who participate in music programs score higher on tests than kids who are not exposed to music education. Their higher achievements apply to reading, math, SAT, and even acceptance rates to medical school. Here are some statistics about the contribution of music to academic excellence:

Students who were exposed to music-based lessons scored a full 100% higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner. (Neurological Research and Music Education Statistics)

A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math. (The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa)

Students of lower socioeconomic status who took music lessons in grades 8-12 improved reading, history, geography and social skills by 40%. (Gardiner, Fox, Jeffrey and Knowles)

Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation.

Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs.

Students lagging behind in scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music instruction over seven months. ~ Nature (music education statistics article)

Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math in SAT test. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. ~ College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey

Lewis Thomas, physician and biologist, found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%. ~ “The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan


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