Some people say: Cut music education in our schools and replace them with math and science courses. A new study published by the American Psychological Association says: Wrong! Researchers looked at 100,000 Canadian students and identified the 13 percent of them who took at least one advanced class in music during high school – courses like band, orchestra, or choir that require previous skill and practice. The conclusion: “The children who learned to play a musical instrument for many years, and were now playing in high school band and orchestra, were the equivalent of about one academic year ahead of their peers with regard to their English, mathematics and science skills, as measured by their exam grades.”