helpful links for music students
- Music Theory
Lessons and Exercises to help with your theory homework
- Music History
Musical Eras and Composers
- From the Top
These kids are some of the brightest rising stars in classical music!
- Classics for Kids
Excellent podcasts and worksheets about composers and music history
- Practice Tips
Helpful advice for music students
- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Attending concerts is an important aspect of music study!
- Union County Youth Symphony
Local auditioned youth orchestra
- DSO Kids
Dallas Symphony’s excellent website for kids includes music history, games and more!
- History of the Piano
Learn about the past 300 years of the piano!
- Guitar Games
Excellent website to help students learn valueable guitar skills
- Benefits of Music Study
In society, school, developing intelligence
piano students are better equipped to comprehend math and science concepts
Research shows that piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts. A group of preschoolers received private piano keyboard lessons and singing lessons. A second group received private computer lessons. Those children who received piano/keyboard training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others — even those who received computer training. “Spatial-temporal” is basically proportional reasoning — ratios, fractions, proportions and thinking in space and time. This concept has long been considered a major obstacle in the teaching of elementary math and science.
Source: Neurological Research, February 28, 1997
music majors most likely group to be admitted to medical school
Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school. Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. For comparison, (44%) of biochemistry majors were admitted. Also, a study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.
Sources: “The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University”, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480
music students score higher on the sat
High school music students score higher on SATs in both verbal and math than their peers. In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts.
Source: Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators National Conference, 2001