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Florida Department of Education study shows correlation between school music experiences and academic success

April 29, 2009

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New data from the Florida Department of Education illustrates a correlation indicating that individuals who participate in school music experiences achieve higher academic success in areas assessed by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), SAT, overall school grade point averages, and school drop-out prevention. 

 “The exciting new data from Florida students show that all students can benefit academically and socially from participation in school music programs.  They show that music education contributes to areas that are important to the future of all Floridians,” said Dr. Steven N. Kelly, the researcher who compiled the report.
The data show a consistent pattern is present across all measures:

  • For the general population, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.
  • For students on “free and reduced lunch,” an indicator of socioeconomic levels, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.
  • For students divided by ethnicity, the more music and arts classes taken, the higher the student achievement in all measures.
  • The more arts classes taken, the less likely a student is to drop out of the cohort group.

Visit http://www.flmusiced.org/dnn/Advocacy/DOEData/tabid/113/Default.aspx for the complete Department of Education data and analysis.