From Yo Yo Ma:

When asked about the benefits of being involved with music at a young age, Yo-Yo Ma addressed his answer to an awestruck 12-year-old cellist sitting nearby:

"If you love some instrument, if you like the sound of it, it's like no other sound.  It's really yours.  It comes from deep within, and it's something you can always connect with inside.  How good can that be?  Your music, your sound—it's your friend for life.  You can express how you feel, send your self into the larger world.  You will always have that voice.  That's a pretty powerful thing."

("We Are the World," by Gerri Hirshey. Parade, January 30, 2005)


From Johann Sebastian Bach::

“It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time

and the instrument will play itself.”




Band Members Get Better Math Science And Language Grades


“Studies find link between music instruction and academic achievement as measured by standardized tests.”


In a 2000 University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball explored the relationship of

instrumental music instruction and academic achievement for the senior class in Lee County

High School, Leesburg, Georgia.


Significant correlations were found between the number of years of band instruction and

academic achievement as measured by the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT)

Mathematics and GHSGT Science tests.


An East Texas State University study by Daryl Erick Trent revealed that high school seniors

who participated in instrumental music in grades 6-12 score significantly higher in language arts

and math on standardized tests than do students involved in non-music extra-curricular activities

or with students not involved in any school related extra-curricular activity.


University of Sarasota study by Jeffrey Lynn Kluball, 2000;

East Texas State University study by Daryl Erick Trent