Music Demands Perfection

Unlike most academic subjects or sports, music doesn’t just strive for perfection, it requires it.  95% usually gets a student an A in school, but not in music. In the video below, Jack Stamp shows us what music would sound like if we played it 95% correctly. In doing so, he demonstrates exactly why music education is so important to our schools.  Music may not be the only key to success in life, but it is fair to conclude that music plays a large role in the success of many people.

Music is a basic human need.

Music is essential to one’s education throughout life.  All over the world, school music education continues to fall victim to budget cuts.

Music is a limitless avenue for creativity, innovation, and critical thinking. 

There is always more that we can learn about music.  But, the more important lesson is that there is always more to be learned through music.  


Music helps us to develop quicker and more comprehensive reading and arithmetic skills. The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation. -College-Bound Seniors National Report. “Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ.” The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001

A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math. -The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

Music majors are the most likely group of college grads to be admitted to medical school.
-Lewis Thomas, Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994

The world’s top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades.
– 1988 International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IAEEA) Test

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, 2000


Music education helps prepare students to pursue any career.  Strong business leaders possess attributes to success that music education enhances. Nowhere else will a student experience and retain a better sense of leadership, collaboration, and communication than through music.   As a musical performance brings out feelings of exhilaration and achievement, it can help students overcome feelings of inferiority and instill a high level of self-confidence.

As music educators, our purpose is to demand perfection, and to teach students to overcome obstacles, to create, and to see the humanity in themselves and others.  Music education belongs in every school.

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