Creativity is Always in the Spotlight

We know that the arts can influence learning and leadership in myriad ways--from higher test scores on reading and spelling tests to greater abstract reasoning skills.  

In addition to the joy that arts programming brings to participants and patrons, there are many other benefits associated with arts education.  Research shows that:
  • Lower School students who participate in music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests, while students in high school music programs consistently score higher on standardized tests.
  • Students who read music have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not study music.
  • Students who take keyboard lessons have greater abstract reasoning skills than their peers, and these abilities improve over time with sustained music training.
  • Math and music are highly intertwined. By understanding beat, rhythm, and scales, children learn how to divide, create fractions and recognize patterns.
  • Music training enhances children’s “executive function” -- the ability of the brain to plan, organize, strategize and solve problems.
  • Lessons teach students how to give and receive constructive criticism, while performance teaches valuable lessons of perseverance and the value of hard work.
  • Ensemble work requires interaction and communication, which encourages teamwork.
Across the globe, CEOs continue to identify creativity as the single most important leadership capacity today.

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