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Music Students Perform Better On Their College Entrance Exams (SATs)

Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT, according to reports by the College Entrance Examination Board. In 2002, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. Scores for those with coursework in music appreciation were 64 points higher on the verbal and 43 points higher on the math portion. Data for these reports were gathered by the Student Descriptive Questionnaire, a self reported component of the SAT that gathers information about students' academic preparation.

Sources: The College Board, Profile of College-Bound Seniors, National Report for 2000, 2001, and 2002. Also reported at: The National Association for Music Education

"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."
Source: U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM)


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