Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


There are many benefits that music education can bring to the classroom. However, due to current legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act and other political powers, music education classes are diminishing along with positive outlets for emotional and cognitive support they have on elementary school students. The purpose of this senior capstone is to examine the benefits of music education on the academic achievement of elementary school students through the use of literature reviews, teacher interviews, and student surveys. The findings reveal that music education can foster student learning beyond the classroom as well as to their future careers.