Music Lessons Pay off in Higher Earnings Harris Poll says…

November 16, 2007 at 4:20 am | Posted in Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Parenting, Singing, Voice Students | 1 Comment

Music lessons pay off in higher earnings: poll

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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