A National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation study reveals a majority of teachers and parents believes music and arts education is important for children, and most believe it should be required in middle school.
A nationwide study, titled “Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K-12 Music Education in the United States 2015,” surveyed 1,000 teachers and 800 parents found strong support for music education at all grade levels.
According to the survey 77 per cent of teachers and 64 per cent of parents agree that music and arts education are “extremely important” or “very important.”
Sixty-three per cent of teachers and 57 per cent of parents believe music education should be a required subject in middle school (similar to UK secondary school).
Eighty-seven per cent of teachers and 81 per cent of parents believe children should have a chance to learn to play musical instruments as early as elementary school.
The survey also found that 83 per cent of teachers and 73 per cent of parents say cutting music education is detrimental for students. Minority parents are also strongly committed to music education; African-American (76 per cent) and Hispanic parents (75 per cent) are more likely than Caucasian parents (67 per cent) to enroll their children in school music classes, the study found.
|BENEFIT:||WELLBEING & DEVELOPMENT|
|TARGET GROUP:||CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||ACADEMIC RESEARCH|
|NOs INVOLVED:||1,000 TEACHERS & 800 PARENTS|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||2 MONTHS|