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The Gallup Organization

A 2003 survey conducted by The Gallup Organization and commissioned by the International Music Products Association (commonly called NAMM), found the following statistics:
  • Exactly 80 percent of respondents believed that playing an instrument makes you smarter.
  • More than 95 percent of respondents said music was part of a well-rounded education. Close to 85 percent of respondents believed participating in a school music program corresponds with better grades.
  • Close to 78 percent of respondents said learning a musical instrument helps you do better in other subjects.
  • About 96 percent of respondents said that school band was a good way to develop teamwork skills.
  • Approximately 71 percent of respondents believed that teenagers who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
  • Approximately 93 percent of respondents felt schools should offer musical instrument instruction as part of regular curriculum.
  • Nearly 88 percent said playing an instrument teaches children discipline.