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Why Music Education?

Better Core Learning Skills

Children’s music education has even been linked to better reading, writing and mathematical skills (Hallam, 2010).

Increased IQ

Music education in childhood has been linked to boosts of seven points on IQ scores during childhood (Schellenberg, 2004), and this effect has shown to last beyond high school graduation (Schellenberg, 2006).

Studies have shown that when students have arts
in the curriculum they are . . .

Statistics are sourced from Americans for the Arts

icon-2xas likely to graduate than those who do not

icon-3xmore likely to win an award for school attendance

icon-4xas likely to be recognized for academic achievement

Fewer Dropouts

Kids who are involved with the arts have higher grades and are less likely to drop out of school (Ruppert, 2009).

Higher Emotional Stability

Kids who play musical instruments are likely to have higher self-esteem, confidence, discipline, concentration, and emotional intelligence than kids who don’t play instruments (Hallam, 2010).


Hallam, S. (2010). The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. International Journal of Music Education28(3), 269-289.

Ruppert, S. S. (2009). Why schools with arts programs do better at narrowing achievement gaps. Education Week29(5).

Schellenberg, E. G. (2006). Long-term positive associations between music lessons and IQ. Journal of Educational Psychology98(2), 457.

Schellenberg, E. G. (2004). Music lessons enhance IQ. Psychological Science15(8), 511-514.

ETM-LA's Impact

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is based on the ETM model which began in New York City in 1991. ETM-LA continuously evaluates the effectiveness of its programs in Los Angeles to increase its impact and identify ways to better serve schools. The reports below reflect outcomes of the ETM programs in Los Angeles and New York City.

93% of surveyed classroom teachers at ETM-LA partner schools agree that music education has supported overall improvements in self-confidence and self-esteem.

86% of surveyed teachers agree that music instruction has led to increased attentiveness and focus among students.

ETM-LA’s music instruction has become a crucial part of the curriculum in all partner schools.

ETM-LA’s music education has led to increased student interest in school.


of classroom teachers agreed that the music program increases students’ literacy, math, and critical thinking skills.


of principals rate the music program as “excellent”.


of 3rd through 8th grade students reported that music class helped them learn to focus their attention.

Evaluation Reports

The Education Through Music-Los Angeles program began in New York City. ETM-NYC does continuous evaluation of the New York City program, in order to assess the impact of the program and identify ways to better serve schools. These reports reflect outcomes of the Education Through Music program in New York City.

2014-2015 Evaluation

Read the Report

2013-2014 Evaluation

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2008 External Evaluation

Read the Report