Advocates sing praises of musical education to leaders in Washington

by Robert Abare

Last month, the week of May 23-26, members and supporters of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) arrived in Washington, D.C. to highlight the importance of making music education available to all students, as a part of a well-rounded education. You can read the full description of the week's events through NAMM's press release.

Here are some highlights from NAMM's week of music education advocacy:

  • A day of service, during which NAMM members donated musical instruments and supplies to students in need, and provided three hours of music lessons to 75 students at D.C.’s Friendship Technology Preparatory Academy.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) was awarded the SupportMusic Champion Award by the NAMM foundation in recognition of the Senator’s long history in supporting music education. The award came on the heels of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015. The passage of ESSA is the first federal law to provide a framework for access to music and arts education for every student.
  • Over 150 meetings with Congressional offices to emphasize the importance of supporting music education and highlight the benefits music education offers students.
  • A special reception was held for the Turnaround Arts, a program under the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. During the reception, a variety of artists were honored for their work in arts education advocacy, of which music education is a core topic.
  • A call with Secretary of Education John King, during which King discussed ESSA and the law's goal of creating a more dynamic and well-rounded education experience for America's students. Listen to the call via NAMM's website.

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