• Norwood Music Department 

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    Why Music? watch: NPR- MUSIC TED TALK

    The facts about the importance of music education don’t lie. Here are a few we think are important:

    1. Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.
    2. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3 percent as compared to 84.9 percent).
    3. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than do those without music programs (90.2 percent as compared to 72.9 percent). In addition, those that rate their programs as "excellent or very good" have an even higher graduation rate (90.9 percent).
    4. The combined results of 30 studies indicate that music instruction is linked to significantly improved reading skills.



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    Why is it important?

    Is Music the Key to Success? NY Times Article http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html 

    Modern research has stated that there is a strong correlation between those students who participate in music and those who do well in classes other than music (ie math, science, etc.).  The "musical" students also tends to do much better on standardized tests than their fellow classmate who does not participate in music.

    Check out this link to a study done by the University of Kansas. http://news.ku.edu/2014/01/14/ku-research-establishes-link-between-music-education-and-academic-achievement

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    Please check out the link at the bottom of the page to a news report that helps explain through the voices of children and music researchers why a music education is important. (or see this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUhylSoaJ1c&feature=player_embedded)

    American Music Conferene:  http://www.amc-music.org/musicmaking/thebrain.htm

    Supporters of Music:

    VH1 Save the Music has been instrumental in changing music in the Highland Falls district.  Just a few years ago, we received a grant of many instruments from them, which have helped and will continue to help students experience music in a public school.

    Pythagoras Ever hear of a (squared) + b(squared) = c (squared)?  Well the same man who came up that equation, thought that the universe had a natural sound and music is what kept the stars and plants in harmony and from smashing into one another.

    Albus Dumbdore states in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, "Ah Music!  A magic beyond all we do here..."


    Want to nominate your music teacher or private teacher for a GRAMMY honor?

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