Listen, Play, Appreciate Music
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Listen to your favorite music and sing, dance, clap, jam on your air guitar, and enjoy it like no one is watching.
- Go see or buy tickets for a live music performance.
- Sign up for music lessons for yourself or your family.
- If you already sing or play an instrument, do it today or offer to teach someone who wants to learn.
- Donate unused instruments to a local school, church, or music education center.
- Communicate with your school-district administrators or national legislators. Write a letter of appreciation for the hard work they do and request continued funding for the arts.
- Over 70% of schools are not able to maintain funding for the arts.
- Schools with music programs, compared to schools without, have significantly higher graduation rates, 90.2% compared to 72.9%, and higher attendance rates, 93.3% compared to 84.9%.
- Students with coursework in music appreciation score roughly 53 points higher in verbal and 40 points higher in math on the SAT than their non-arts peers.
- Early musical training increases brain development in language, reasoning, math, science, memory, creativity, expression, and spatial intelligence.
- Choral singers are nearly twice as likely to be involved in charity work—as both volunteers and donors—than the average person.
- Every human culture uses music to preserve and pass on its ideas and ideals.
- Music is not limited by age, gender, ethnicity, or time.