Come visit our booth at the NAfME National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from October 27th to the 30th! Pepper will be in booths 100 and 102 giving out Free Shipping coupons and free posters to decorate your classroom or office. Shipping is free on any orders placed at the conference, so come choose from our extensive music catalog. We’ll have the newest titles and plenty of old favorites as well.
In an environment where school district budgets are stretched thin, and and cuts to fine arts programs are on the table, it’s important that music education advocates know effective ways to maintain successful programs for children. Communicating the value of music education, and rededicating ourselves to its continued funding, is taking place all over this great land of ours in just about every state. It’s a crucial time to save music in our schools.
One such music program did just this. Davis Senior High School in Davis, CA concentrated their efforts through major fundraising to save music education throughout their district, in particular their high school orchestra. An article written by Dixie Reid in the Sacramento Bee portrays their journey, which is a story worth sharing. We applaud the Davis school for their diligent work promoting music education in their school system. Their long journey will yield tremendous benefits for their youth of today and for future generations as well.
If you are looking for additional support for your music advocacy efforts, consider resources provided by these organizations already working hard to promote music in our schools. Here are three organizations that work to peserve music education, keep music in our schools, and preserve the joy of music making for generations to come.
MENC, The National Association for Music Education: http://www.menc.org/
Music For All: http://musicforall.org/
Quadrant Arts Education Research: http://artsedresearch.org/index.shtml
This year marks a milestone as the Music Educators National Conference sponsors its twenty-fifth “World’s Largest Concert.” Over six million teachers, students and members of the music community will participate in this year’s concert. The concert is a marquis event of Music in Our Schools Month celebrations.
Participating students sing along with schools across the country, led by hostess Florence Henderson, famous for her role in “The Brady Bunch.” Henderson is a well-known music advocate. She joined basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at MENC’s Rally for Music Education held last June in Washington, D.C., where both communicated the importance of music education to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The World’s Largest Concert highlights the universal appeal of music. Not only does the event give students a chance to participate in an event that brings their school together, but it brings them together with kids across the country. The inclusive nature of music is just one of the many things we celebrate this month. Congratulations MENC, on providing a platform for the celebration!