Testing time is upon us! In the coming weeks, students will take the New York State Math and ELA tests. This is great news for our music students- as studies have shown that schools with music programs have higher standardized test scores:
“Students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district. Students in top-quality music programs scored 22% better in English and 20% better in math than students in deficient music programs. Students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 19% higher in English than students in schools without a music program. Students in top quality instrumental programs scored 17% higher in math than children in schools without a music program.”
Luckily, our students are getting a top-quality music education and I’m sure their test scores will reflect that.
But if you are still anxious about the test, studies have also shown that listening to one particular piece reduces anxiety by 65%. The Founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, Lyz Cooper, stated: "The sound works from the point of view of sustained tones, which really help a person feel safe." The tempo (speed of the song) starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually decreases to 50 beats per minute. Take a listen and see if it reduces any testing anxiety:
Weightless by Marconi Union
Good luck to all students testing this week and remember that your musical training has prepared you for intense moments of focus, unflailing determination, and calm in the face of pressure.