- "Specific links exist between high levels of music training and the ability to manipulate information in both working and long-term memory."
- "An interest in a performing art leads to a high state of motivation that produces the sustained attention necessary to improve performance and the training of attention that leads to improvement in other domains of cognition."
- "In children, there appear to be specific links between the practice of music and skills in geometrical representation..."
The DANA Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition
- "Correlations exist between music training and both reading acquisition and sequence learning. One of the central predictors of early literacy, phonological awareness, is correlated with both music training and the development of a specific brain pathway."
- "Playing an instrument may help youngsters better process speech in noisy classrooms and more accurately interpret the nuances of language that are conveyed by subtle changes in the human voice."
Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Communication Sciences at Northwestern University
- "Arts education enables those children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had...enrichment experiences."
Eric Cooper, Founder and President of National Urban Alliance for Effective Education