Some Interesting Choir Facts

  • In 2001, students participating in music scored higher on the SATs than students with no arts participation. Scores for students in music performance classes were 57 points higher (Verbal) and 41 points higher (Math). Scores for students in music appreciation classes were 63 points higher (Verbal) and 44 points higher (Math).
    College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. 
    Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001


    The College Board identifies the arts as one of the six basic academic subjects students need in order to succeed in college.
    Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 
    1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York 
    at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000 
    The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. "
    Ratey John J., MD. A User's Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001
    "The arts make better math and science students, enhance spatial intelligence in newborns, and...are a compelling solution to teen violence."
    Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO