Education Through Music

Children learn better if music is part of curriculum – the multiplier effect

Katherine Damkohler, executive director of Education Through Music, writes in the Huffington Post website that children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.

She talks about music’s multiplier effect – beyond the evidence about impact on academic achievement – including:

  • self-esteem and self-confidence
  • increased likelihood of taking part in extracurricular activities
  • reduced likelihood of dropping out of school
  • improved social and emotional development
  • improved creative thinking

Education Through Music align the music curriculum with what is being taught in other classrooms, including math, science, social studies and language arts and she says that the tangible impact of an integrated approach is impressive.

She says that harnessing music as a dynamic educational tool is essential to the future of our children’s academic achievement and future success in life, and music’s multiplier effect must be considered in discussions about education reform.

Source: Huffington Post:

Nonprofit demonstrates music education can produce increases in academic achievement


Education Through Music, based in the Bronx, New York City, works in 28 ‘high-needs’ schools, helping teachers integrate music throughout the curriculum and providing certified music teachers, who see every student at least once a week.

Its researchers found that at schools with the music programme, the students scored 5.4 percentage points higher on state maths exams and 4.6 percentage points higher on English compared to students at similar schools without music education.


In the early 1990’s, Katherine Damkohler, now executive director at Education Through Music, was hired as the principal of a school slated for closure within 12 months. In order to create a wonderful last year for the students, the school introduced one new programme, Education Through Music, which brought music education to all students in the school, as a core subject. Introducing music education into the curriculum immediately brought excitement to the school. Students were more engaged, dedicated to their studies, with higher self-confidence and academic achievement improved overall. Now, Education Through Music uses its research results to back up what it already knows: providing music education in schools serves as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and increase self-confidence.



Huffington Post:


BENEFIT: Academic achievement
TARGET GROUP: Disadvantaged young people
AGE: Unspecified
TYPE OF STUDY: Organisations’ own evaluation
NOs INVOLVED: 15,000
DATE: 2014
PLACE: United States