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Peabody Dean Argues for Musical Pathway to Success

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Jul 15, 2016

Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), published an article in the Baltimore Sun arguing that music and the arts provide a vibrant pathway for academic success in Baltimore.

“The simple fact is that the systemic issues that have marginalized so many of our city's young people require many different kinds of solutions. As our city and community look to find and craft those solutions, the impact of music programs demonstrates the difference that music and the arts can make in the lives of young people,” writes Bronstein.

He goes on to detail the stories of Nyshae Cheatham and Brandon Woody, two music students who found success and professional opportunity through their experience as young musicians. Beyond these individual stories, the numbers also indicate that a musical background increases academic performance.

“OrchKids participants are recording more regular attendance and better grades and test scores than Baltimore City Public Schools students' average. And all of the Peabody Tuned-In students from the program's first two graduating classes matriculated to college, far exceeding the 44 percent citywide average.”

Read the full article here.

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