In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education

April 3, 2013

Every young person in America deserves a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. America's global stature, culture of innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit depend on the strength of a world-class education system. Perhaps now more than ever -- as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the world more interconnected, and the workplace more oriented around technology and creativity -- arts education is key to such a system and to ensuring students' success in school, work, and life. For this reason, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) created ArtsEdSearch.org -- the nation's first clearinghouse of research examining the mounting body of evidence on the benefits of an arts education. Drawing on the research in ArtsEdSearch, this bulletin offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities.

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Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve, and Succeed

September 20, 2011

Beyond the intrinsic value of music to cultures worldwide, education in music has benefits for young people that transcend the musical domain. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) reviewed an extensive body of research to identify high quality, evidence-based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music. The results show conclusively that music education equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, to achieve in other core academic subjects, and to develop the capacities, skills and knowledge essential for lifelong success. Benefits of Music Education A. Music education prepares students to learn 1. Enhances fine motor skills 2. Prepares the brain for achievement 3. Fosters superior working memory 4. Cultivates better thinking skills B. Music education facilitates student academic achievement 1. Improves recall and retention of verbal information 2. Advances math achievement 3. Boosts reading and English language arts (ELA) skills 4. Improves average SAT scores C. Music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success 1. Sharpens student attentiveness 2. Strengthens perseverance 3. Equips students to be creative 4. Supports better study habits and self-esteem

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