The Potential Benefits of Music Lessons...
"I have seen a great improvement in my son's behaviour and academic school
work since he started having guitar lessons with J.A.M."
Teaching Professionals Say...
(Learning a musical instrument helps children with) "Self-esteem and focus and concentration and discipline and teamwork and literacy and numeracy, the ripple effects are enormous."
James Rhodes, Channel 4, 'Don't Stop the Music'.
"High quality music provision throughout a pupil's education will ensure not just that more children have access to the greatest of art forms, but that they do better as a result in every other subject. When young people make music together, they work toward a common goal that has the potential to change lives profoundly for the better."
RW, Headteacher, Leicestershire school.
"Music training improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance."
Adrian Hille and Jürgen Schupp, German Socioeconomic Panel.
"Playing a musical instrument 'sharpens the mind'. (We found) musicians were quicker to pick up mistakes and correct them."
Dr Ines Jentzsch, University of St Andrews.
In a study of 25,000 participants, "...students who studied music and the arts had higher grades, scored better on standardised tests, had better attendance records and were more active in community affairs than other students."
Professor James Catterall, UCLA.
And the Government's own view...
"The value of music as an academic subject lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits, for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music."
DfE The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education.