Montana Arts Council

Arts Learning Studies

Status of Arts Education Survey

A Report on the Status of Arts Education in Montana: 2009-2010 School Year.

A Report on the Status of Arts Education in Montana: 2009-2010 School Year

This report summarizes the status of arts education in Montana using data collected from 313 of Montana’s 847 elementary, middle and secondary schools statewide.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new National Endowment for the Arts report. To read more and download the report go here.


Provides user-friendly summaries and overviews of arts education research focused entirely on student and teacher outcomes of arts learning in and out of school.

Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed

Prepared by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Music Matters shows conclusively that music education equips students to learn, facilitates student academic achievement, and develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

Why Making Music Matters

"To better understand the effect of music in early childhood development, Carnegie Hall commissioned a new research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf, an expert in the field. Titled “Why Making Music Matters,” her research points to several key reasons why investing in children early and often is critical to healthy development and a successful future—and that music can play a role in everyday interactions that support our next generation. The following is a summary of Dr. Wolf’s findings."

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