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NAMM Foundation Study Finds That Parents and Teachers Belive Arts Education is Crucial for Middle School Students

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May 27, 2015

Seventy-seven percent of teachers and sixty-four percent of parents argue that music and arts education are “extremely important” or “very important,” according to new research published by the NAMM Foundation. The study, entitled Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K-12 Education in the United States: 2015, invited parents and teachers nationwide to share information on their local music education programs. Some of the major findings of the study include:

  • 57 percent of parents believe that music education should be requisite in middle school.
  • 87 percent of teachers and 81 percent of parents believe children should be learning musical instruments by elementary school.
  • 83 percent of teachers and 73 percent of parents argue that removing music education is detrimental for students.


"The data couldn't be more clear," said Peter Grunwald, President of Grunwald Associates LLC, the research firm that conducted the survey. "Teachers and parents told us repeatedly that music is an essential part of learning, not merely an 'extracurricular activity' that can be cut when times get tough."

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