Why Play a Musical Instrument in Elementary School?

Studies show that playing a music instrument:

Our Future Musicians curriculum was developed using research based on the way children learn - concrete to abstract

"Music helps students organize the way they think and work, by helping them to develop in other areas, such as math, language and spatial reasoning." - Gardner

"I would teach music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning." - Plato

Music is: Science, Math, Foreign Language, History, Physical Education, but most of all Art.