Music Education Advocacy

Help Keep Music Alive and a Vital Part of Your Schools 

Here is a chance to learn about what you can do to keep music programs alive in your schools. VIsit the websites of these organizations and other advocacy resources to educate yourself on keeping music alive in your schools. 

 Advocacy News

May 24, 2019 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
May 29, 2018 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
November 17, 2017 – Learn how to advocate for your arts education program in this session from the 2017 Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Symposium
May 30, 2017 – Progressive Music Advocates for Music Education in Washington, DC
January 13, 2017 – Progressive Music Joins With Other Organizations In Submitting Music Education Comments to President Elect Trump
May 29, 2016 – Pennsylvania Music Education Advocacy News
April 14, 2016 – US Secretary of Education John B. King’s Call for Return to Well-Rounded Education for All Students
January 6, 2016 – Pennsylvania Budget News
December 10, 2015 – Federal and State Music Education Policy News
July 28, 2015 – Music Education Advocacy News
May 19, 2015 – New NAMM Foundation Study Shows Parents and Teachers in Harmony About Students Learning Music

Tips For Success

February 4, 2016 – Supporting Music Education: Choose to Teach
January 27, 2016 – Support Music Education: Audience Guidelines
January 13, 2016 – Supporting Music Education: Concert Thoughts
January 6, 2016 – Supporting Music Education: Expanding the Learning Power of Music
December 30, 2015 – Support Music Education: Helping Teachers Succeed
December 23, 2015 – Supporting Music Education: Work with the Best!
December 17, 2015 – Supporting Music Education: The Art of Teaching
December 10, 2015 – Supporting Music Education: Critical Factors for a Successful Program
December 2, 2015 – Telling the Story: What Administrators Can Do
November 24, 2015 – Telling the Story: Proactive is Better than Reactive
November 19, 2015 – Telling the Story: What Research Shows
November 11, 2015 – Telling the Story: Music Impacts Learning and Way of Life
November 2, 2015 –Telling the Story: Advocating for Music Education
October 23, 2015 – Telling the Story: Communicating with Your Community
October 16, 2015 – Telling The Story: Great Ways To Get Your Message Out
October 9, 2015 – The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Maximizing Fiscal Opportunities
September 22, 2015 – The Business Side of Teaching School Music: Preparing an Instrument Replacement Plan
September 16, 2015 – The Business Side of Teaching Music: Fiscal Procedures
August 31, 2015 – The Business Side of Teaching Music: Choosing A School Music Dealer
August 11, 2015 – The Business Side of Teaching Music: Working With Administrators
July 28, 2015 – Focusing on the Classroom: Recruiting and Retaining Students
July 18, 2015 – Focus on the Classroom: Know the Territory
June 29, 2015 – Focus on the Classroom: A Checklist for Teachers

US Congress Realizes The Value of Music Education
110th CONGRESS 1st Session
H. CON. RES. 121

Whereas school music programs enhance intellectual development and enrich the academic environment for students of all ages;

Whereas students who participate in school music programs are less likely to be involved with drugs, gangs, or alcohol and have better attendance in school;

Whereas the skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate, and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace;

Whereas the majority of students attending public schools in inner city neighborhoods have virtually no access to music education, which places them at a disadvantage compared to their peers in other communities;

Whereas the arts are a core academic subject, and music is an essential element of the arts; and

Whereas every student in the United States should have an opportunity to reap the benefits of music education: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that music education grounded in rigorous instruction is an important component of a well-rounded academic curriculum and should be available to every student in every school.

Passed the House of Representatives April 25, 2007.



Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With over 45 years of service, they are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.


The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s goal is to expand the reach, influence and effectiveness of the region’s diverse and vibrant cultural community through programs, services, and advocacy.


NAfME: The National Association for Music Education provides information and advocacy tips. NAfME is the professional organization for music educators.


The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to strengthen support for arts and education in PA.


Music and the arts are vital to every child’s education. Is your child’s music program in danger of being cut? The SupportMusic Coalition offers effective tips for taking action and the latest evidence of music’s importance. Revive your community’s commitment. Use The SupportMusic Coalition site to face the challenge head on. You CAN make a difference.