[Dixielandjazz] The Dollar Value of Music Lessons

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 18 07:48:09 PST 2007

Sees that music lessons are a good investment. Both from an educational and
a monetary point of view. Do our local school districts know this?

Steve Barbone


Harris Poll quoted by Reuters News Service : Wed Nov 14, 11:15 AM ET

Those hours practicing piano scales or singing with a choral group weren't
for nothing because people with a background in music tend to have a higher
education and earn more, according to a new survey.

The poll by Harris Interactive, an independent research company, showed that
88 percent of people with a post-graduate education were involved in music
while in school, and 83 percent of people earning $150,000 or more had a
music education.

"Part of it is the discipline itself in learning music, it's a rigorous
discipline, and in an ensemble situation, there's a great deal of working
with others. Those types of skills stand you well in careers later in life,"
said John Mahlmann, of the National Association for Music Education in
Reston, Virginia, which assisted in the survey.

In addition to the practical skills gained from studying music, people
questioned in the online poll said it also gave them a sense of personal

Students who found music to be extremely or very influential to their
fulfillment were those who had vocal lessons and who played in a garage
band. Nearly 80 percent of the 2,565 people who took part in the survey last
month who were still involved in music felt the same way.

"That's the beauty of music, that they can bring both hard work and
enjoyment together, which doesn't always happen elsewhere," Mahlmann added
in and interview.

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