NAMM, the 108-year-old, not-for-profit association of the international music products industry, kicked off its annual National Wanna Play Music Week today through May 8 to help build awareness of the proven benefits of playing musical instruments for people of all ages. Considering that playing music is an ability that is wished for by 85 percent of Americans, according to
NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that May 5–9, 2008 will officially be known as Wanna Play Music Week, a time to recognize the vital role music and music education plays in the lives of all Americans.
Playing a musical instrument can increase memory, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, build confidence and result in greater academic success. Americans will learn about the many social and health benefits of music making thanks to a new national campaign launched today by NAMM, the not-for-profit trade association for the international music products industry.
Harris Interactive Poll: Music Programs in Public High Schools Contribute to Higher Attendance and Graduation Rates
High school principals strongly believe that music education promotes the academic success of their students, according to a study released by NAMM and MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
A new U.S. Gallup Poll reveals Americans of all ages are continuing to pursue music making and offers insight into the attitudes behind this passion as part of the 2006 Music USA: NAMM Global Report.