High School Music Class Dropout Rates vs High School Dropout Rates

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“Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2% graduation rate and 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72.9% graduation and 84.9% attendance.”~ Children’s Music Workshop

        Taking the quote above into consideration, students enrolled music classes in general lean towards better GPA and attendance. The creativity and learning aspects that studying music can provide spans through all ofthe major generals including math, reading, science and many other areas of study. In turn, they perform better in classes outside of music.

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         It has also been proven statistically that students that are enrolled in music classes perform better in class and attendance than their peers who are not enrolled. Not only do they exceed in that aspect, but they are also proven to have the least amount of consumption of any illegal substances (alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, etc.). This doesn’t apply to all students, there are always students that just don’t want to participate or have just taken the classes because their friends are in it and thus they under-perform. Music classes like band, orchestra or choir have been proven to help guide students through high school and have statistically greater success rates for students than schools who do not have any music curriculum.

“Music enhances the process of learning. The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attention, cognitive, emotional and motor capacities, are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.”~ Konrad, R.R., Empathy, Arts and Social Studies

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