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Music--Instruction and study;


This research began with the author's firsthand experience with regard to the value of music education. Very few deny the benefits of music education and its connection to academic achievement. In a recent poll administered by the Gallup Organization, 95 percent of Americans believe music to be a cornerstone of a quality education, and over 75 percent of those polled suggested that music education should be mandated by the schools. However, far too many music education programs are being cut, or are in grave danger of being cut, from the curriculum nationwide. Research clearly shows the importance of music education: The College Entrance Exam Board found that students involved with music scored higher on verbal and math exams than those without music education; the U.S. Department of Education found that students who were consistently involved in music programs scored considerably better in mathematics proficiency by their senior year; many more studies indicate similar findings.

This research will identify the problem, and the corollary reasons why, music education is lacking in the public school system. The research supporting music education and its contributions to scholastic achievement will be examined as it relates to this study. Moreover, the evidence will be presented to support the author's contention that music education is a valuable component to academic achievement, and a necessary element of a quality education. The conclusion will suggest that administrators, educators, and policy-makers review the existing research, call for additional research into the benefits of music education and academic achievement, and ultimately provide adequate funding for music education programs.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Lynn Ethan Nielsen


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