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This page has been developed to show links to websites that parents can use to help their children understand the importance of music in their lives. There is more and more data and research that is showing the significance of a quality music education.

A Thank You Letter to High School Marching Band

Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again - See more at:

​​Why ​​I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again - See more at:

​​Why I'd Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently - In a Good Way

3 Ways It Takes a Community to Develop a Great Music Program

Why is Music Education Important

Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration

Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Life (and Your Music Program)

Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children, New Study Says

The Top Reasons College Band Kids Are Successful after College

Apparently the Cool Kids Were in High School Band After All

Band Demand: High School Marching Band Programs Require Discipline, Pride

Who Actually Quits Musical Instrument Instruction - Children or Their Parents?

3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument

6 Invaluable Lessons All Marching Band Directors Teach Their Students

Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?

High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains

6 Things I Learned from My High School Band Director

Cognitive Benefits of Being a Musician

Six Reasons Why the Arts Are the Ideal Vehicle to Teach 21st Century Success Skills

Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You

Why Music? Why Band?

Is Music the Key to Success?

Playing Chamber Music Is the Best Way for Children to Learn an Instrument

Student Has Amazing Breakthrough by Doing What Teacher Says

An End-of-Year Letter to New Music Parents

A Musical Fix for American Schools

Bringing Back What Works in Education

Marching Beyond Halftime

Musicians Have Better Long-term Memory

9 Common Lessons of Music Education that Translate into Success

20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools

We're All on the Same Team

Music Is Food for the Soul, Not Fodder for Learning Standards

Let the Kid Study Music, Already!

The Extraordinary Benefits of Music Education

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn from Jazz Musicians

How Music Can Improve Memory

Why Do Music Students Have Higher SAT Scores?

Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say

5 Reasons Why Music Classes Are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids

New Evidence of Mental Benefits from Musical Training

What Everybody Ought to Know about Band

Two Million Reasons Why Band Kids Are So Responsible

Why I'd Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales if I Could Do It All Over Again

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement

Musicians are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us

Music Education Starts Early with Parents as Key Partners

The Benefits of Music Education

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

The Importance of Music Education in Schools

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

Music Education and Childhood Brain Development

Why Does Music Make Us Feel?

Lessons from My Band Director

8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains

Art Is Vital

Arts: The Full Value of Music Education

Music Changes the Way You Think

Musical Training Increases Blood Flow to the Left Side of the Brain

What Is Music and the Arts' Place in the Real Mission of Our Education System?

The Value of Music

The Best Extra-Curricular Activity at Most High Schools Is Band, Particularly Marching Band

18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

Can Music Improve Athletic Performance?

How Brains See Music as Language

Educators Say that High School Band Students Have the Advantage in Several Ways

What Percentage of Students are "Meant" to Be Playing a Musical Instrument in School?

Why Extra Curricular Activities Aren't Extra

3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Kids When They Start a Musical Instrument

Ten Reasons Why People Who Learn Music Are More Likely to Be Successful

Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, but Active Participation Is Required

Why Music Majors Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs

Why Musicians Are Better Multitaskers

Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech

Study: Music Really Does Make Kids Smarter

Even a Few Years of Music Training Benefits the Brain

Musicians Are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us

My View: Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class

Op-Ed: Music in the Schools Teaches Lifelong Lessons

Why Your Teen Should Join Marching Band

10+ Values Marching Band Students Learn

Is Music the Key to Success?

New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

How Music Technology Can Boost Student Skills

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind

A Very Cool Look at High School marching Bands

10 Fastest Growing Jobs in the USA

Children's Ability to Follow a Beat May Impact Reading, Language Skills

Parents Talk to Parents about Music

Dan Levitin: Music and the Brain

The Value of the Arts as a Community Investment

I Make My Children Do Music

Marching Beyond Halftime

How Playing and Instrument Benefits Your Brain

The Effects of Music on the Brain

Music Education and the Brain

Music Education Advocacy Video

Richard Gill - The Value of Music Education

Charles Limb: Your Brain on Improv

Why Music

What If Every Child Had Access to Music Education from Birth?

Be Part of the Music

Did You Know?

Music Education Advocacy

Music For All
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