Advocating for Music Education: Get Started!

First things first: high-quality music programs should be accessible for every student in every school as essential to a well-rounded education. Use these tools to create an action plan to promote and enhance your school’s music program so teachers can provide the best experiences and opportunities for students through music learning.

✓ Learn more about national education policy and funding, including what’s in the latest federal relief bill for K-12 education.

✓ Learn more ways you can best advocate for your school’s music program and prepare when we go back to school in 5 Things You Can Do – Music Educator Edition.

 Get your own copy of the Why Learn to Play Music advocacy brochure featuring research and statistics highlighting the many benefits of music education. Available as a download for e-distribution by our partners at the NAMM Foundation.

Arts Are Education

A new national campaign in support of arts education for all students. Get active! 

Advocacy Action Plan

 NAFME has provided a step-by-step local action plan to help music educators and supporters improve the overall condition of their music program.

Action Pathways to Developing Arts-Enriched Schools

Arts Ed Now has mapped out steps you can take to advance your district or school’s arts programs. Also see their Campaign Tools for more action items.

Arts Education is Essential

Save The Music joined many national organizations to support a unified statement on the necessity for arts education for all students, “Arts Education Is Essential.” 

Music Matters

Arts Education Partnership has complied multiple research studies exploring the importance of music on student learning outcomes, achievement and lifelong success.

An Argument for Music Education

A new study published in American Scientist shows how learning music early in life can lead to lifelong neuroplasticity and overall increased cognitive function.