Why Music?

Research shows that music instruction in particular has a positive influence on reading and mathematics achievement through its effect on higher-order cognitive skills. The El Sistema program is an internationally successful program that has been shown to notably improve academic proficiency, collaboration and critical thinking skills, along with building confidence and
self-esteem. Study after study has shown that music education produces better, more diligent students and
well-rounded citizens.

Music teaches:

ACHIEVEMENT

in areas ranging from reading comprehension and mathematics

ENGAGEMENT

including improved attendance, persistence, focused attention, heightened educational aspirations, and intellectual risk taking.

HABITS OF MIND

building students’ problem solving, critical and creative thinking, approach to ambiguity and more, all in demand for tomorrow’s workforce

SOCIAL SKILLS

collaboration is a fact of life, and a firm foundation in the arts gives students the social tolerance and self-confidence to excel.