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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'S Impact

Evaluation of ETM's program has shown significant value to students and school communities:

ETM students show greater academic achievement than their peers in non-ETM schools.

ETM positively impacts students’ academic achievement.

ETM has a positive impact on students’ social and emotional development.

ETM’s partner school leadership highly regard the ETM program


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

In order to assess the impact of our program and identify ways to better serve our schools, ETM’s Evaluation department conducts a comprehensive program evaluation each school year.

2014-2015 Evaluation

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2013-2014 Evaluation

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2008 External Evaluation

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