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