UCLA Imagination Project research concluded that the arts greatly impact the developmental growth of a child and equalize socioeconomic boundaries.

Six major types of benefits associated with study of the arts and student achievement:

  1. Reading & Language skills
  2. Motivation to learn
  3. Positive school environment
  4. Mathematics skills
  5. Thinking skills
  6. Social skills

A joint study between the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Endowment for the Arts showed that the arts have a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy while also increasing overall academic performance.

A group of boys, ages 8 to 19, living in residential homes and juvenile detention centers for at-risk youth, discovered that learning to play guitar and performing for their peers boosted their confidence and self- esteem. The research suggests the opportunity to perform may be a powerful tool to help youth overcome fears and see that they can succeed.