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Why Music?

(from Elizabethtown Area High School Band website:

 This page has been developed to show links to websites that parents can use to help their children understand the importance of music in their lives.  There is more and more data and research that is showing the significance of a quality music education.


*By clicking the links below, you will be leaving the Wamego Public Schools USD 320 website and the district cannot insure that sites beyond this point are appropriate, safe or secure. Any information posted beyond this point does not necessarily reflect the opinions of USD 320. If you choose to proceed, what you may encounter is not under the control of USD 320.




A Child's Brain Develops Faster with Exposure to Music 


10 Reasons Why We Need Music in Schools 


Why High School Musicals Should Be as Respected as Sports Programs Are 


4 Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Child Sticks with Instrumental Music when They Graduate to Middle School 


Music Improves the Brain 


KU Research Establishes Link Between Music Education, Academic Achievement 


A Parent's Guide to Music Practicing 


How to Advocate for Music Education (Even When You Have No Idea How to Do So) 


Marching Band: The Art that Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know about Life 


10 Ways High School Marching Band Prepared Me for College 


If You Want to Accelerate Brain Development in Children, Teach Them Music 


Doctors Now Prescribing Music Therapy 


Music Education: What Students Want, What the Workforce Needs 


Why We Need Music in our Schools 


Apparently the Cool Kids Were in Band After All 


How Music Can Improve Memory 


Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn from Jazz Musicians 


Can Music Help Low-Income Kids Close the Academic Gap 


The Importance of Keeping a Beat: Researchers Link Ability to Keep a Beat to Reading, Language Skills 




Why I'm Glad I Participated in My School's Music Program 


5 Ways to Support Your Music Program 


Learning an Instrument also Teaches Life Lessons 


3 Reasons Why-Now More Than Ever-America Needs Music in Its Schools 


Why Kids Need Music in Their Life 


Music Hits a High Note in Education - Finally!


How Music Trumps Reading for Childhood Development 

Five Minds and Music 

A Teacher's Perspective:  The Power of Music 

A Thank You Letter to High School Marching Band 

Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again - 

Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently - In a Good Way

3 Ways It Takes a Community to Develop a Great Music Program

Why is Music Education Important


Happier Students, Higher Scores: The Role of Arts Integration 


Why Scheduling More Performances Will Save Your Child's Life (and Your Music Program) 


Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children, New Study Says 


The Top Reasons College Band Kids Are Successful after College 


Apparently the Cool Kids Were in High School Band After All


Band Demand: High School Marching Band Programs Require Discipline, Pride


Who Actually Quits Musical Instrument Instruction - Children or Their Parents?


3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument


6 Invaluable Lessons All Marching Band Directors Teach Their Students


Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?


High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains


6 Things I Learned from My High School Band Director


Cognitive Benefits of Being a Musician


Six Reasons Why the Arts Are the Ideal Vehicle to Teach 21st Century Success Skills


Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About What Childhood Piano Lessons Did to You


Why Music? Why Band?


Is Music the Key to Success?


Playing Chamber Music Is the Best Way for Children to Learn an Instrument 


Student Has Amazing Breakthrough by Doing What Teacher Says 


An End-of-Year Letter to New Music Parents


A Musical Fix for American Schools


Bringing Back What Works in Education


Marching Beyond Halftime


Musicians Have Better Long-term Memory


9 Common Lessons of Music Education that Translate into Success 


20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools


We're All on the Same Team 


Music Is Food for the Soul, Not Fodder for Learning Standards 


Let the Kid Study Music, Already! 


The Extraordinary Benefits of Music Education


Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn from Jazz Musicians


How Music Can Improve Memory 


Why Do Music Students Have Higher SAT Scores?


Music Training Sharpens Brain Pathways, Studies Say 


5 Reasons Why Music Classes Are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids


New Evidence of Mental Benefits from Musical Training 


What Everybody Ought to Know about Band


Two Million Reasons Why Band Kids Are So Responsible 


Why I'd Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales if I Could Do It All Over Again


Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain


How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement 


Musicians are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us


Music Education Starts Early with Parents as Key Partners 


The Benefits of Music Education 


Using Music to Close the Academic Gap


The Importance of Music Education in Schools


Twelve Benefits of Music Education 


Music Education and Childhood Brain Development


Why Does Music Make Us Feel? 


Lessons from My Band Director


8 Surprising Ways Music Affects and Benefits Our Brains 


Art Is Vital


Arts: The Full Value of Music Education 


Music Changes the Way You Think


Musical Training Increases Blood Flow to the Left Side of the Brain 


What Is Music and the Arts' Place in the Real Mission of Our Education System? 


The Value of Music


The Best Extra-Curricular Activity at Most High Schools Is Band, Particularly Marching Band 


18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument 


Can Music Improve Athletic Performance? 


How Brains See Music as Language 


Educators Say that High School Band Students Have the Advantage in Several Ways


What Percentage of Students are "Meant" to Be Playing a Musical Instrument in School?


Why Extra Curricular Activities Aren't Extra


3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Kids When They Start a Musical Instrument 


Ten Reasons Why People Who Learn Music Are More Likely to Be Successful


Music Education Improves Students' Academic Performance, but Active Participation Is Required 


Why Music Majors Make Some of the Best Entrepreneurs 


Why Musicians Are Better Multitaskers 


Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech 


Study: Music Really Does Make Kids Smarter 


Even a Few Years of Music Training Benefits the Brain 


Musicians Are Probably Smarter Than the Rest of Us 


My View:  Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Music Class 


Op-Ed: Music in the Schools Teaches Lifelong Lessons 


Why Your Teen Should Join Marching Band 


10+ Values Marching Band Students Learn 


Is Music the Key to Success? 


New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores


How Music Technology Can Boost Student Skills 


Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind 


A Very Cool Look at High School marching Bands 


10 Fastest Growing Jobs in the USA 


Children's Ability to Follow a Beat May Impact Reading, Language Skills 




Tim Lautzenheiser Speaks on the Benefit of Music 


Jack Stamp "Why Music Matters" 



Why an "A" Is Not Enough 


Parents Talk to Parents about Music 


Dan Levitin: Music and the Brain 


The Value of the Arts as a Community Investment 


I Make My Children Do Music 


Marching Beyond Halftime 


How Playing and Instrument Benefits Your Brain


The Effects of Music on the Brain 


Music Education and the Brain 


Music Education Advocacy Video 


Richard Gill - The Value of Music Education 


Charles Limb:  Your Brain on Improv 


Why Music


What If Every Child Had Access to Music Education from Birth? 


Be Part of the Music 


Did You Know? 


Music Education Advocacy 


Music For All 

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