The following resolution supporting music education was passed in
the United States Congress this June 14, 2000.
2nd Session
H. CON. RES. 266
June 14, 2000
Received and referred to the Committee on Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions
Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the benefits of
music education.
Whereas there is a growing body of scientific research
demonstrating that children who receive music instruction perform
better on spatial-temporal reasoning tests and proportional math
Whereas music education grounded in rigorous instruction is an
important component of a well-rounded academic program;
Whereas opportunities in music and the arts have enabled children
with disabilities to participate more fully in school and community
Whereas music and the arts can motivate at-risk students to stay in
school and become active participants in the educational process;
Whereas according to the College Board, college-bound high
school seniors in 1998 who received music instruction scored 53
points higher on the verbal portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test
and 39 points higher on the math portion of the test than college-
bound high school seniors with no music or arts instruction;
Whereas a 1999 report by the Texas Commission on Drug and
Alcohol Abuse states that individuals who participated in band or
orchestra reported the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of
alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs; and
Whereas comprehensive, sequential music instruction enhances
early brain development and improves cognitive and
communicative skills, self-discipline, and creativity: Now,
therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That it is the sense of the Congress that--
(1) music education enhances intellectual development and
enriches the academic environment for children of all ages; and
(2) music educators greatly contribute to the artistic, intellectual,
and social development of American children, and play a key role
in helping children to succeed in school.
Passed the House of Representatives June 13, 2000.
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