Music Education Advocacy

The status of music education in our nation’s schools has short- and long-term consequences for both student achievement and the future of orchestras. Research has proven that arts education, including music education, uniquely provides academic and social benefits, preparing students for success in school, work, and life. As civic-minded, community-based organizations, America’s adult and youth orchestras can help to improve access to the benefits of music learning by advocating for school systems to close gaps in access to a complete education. Find resources here on the importance of music education and how your orchestra can advocate for it on the local, state, and federal level.


Orchestras Support In-School Music Education

The public education system can uniquely broaden or narrow countless opportunities for each generation. Unfortunately, research continues to point to ongoing barriers to student achievement in the arts, with significant racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic gaps in access to a complete arts education.
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Take Action: Music Education

As local partners in music education, orchestras advocate for all students to have access to a complete arts education in the schools. At the federal level, orchestras are seeking increased funding for arts education and better data collection at the U.S. Department of Education.
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Contact Congress

Raising your voice about key issues before Congress is essential. Contacting Congress is easy to do, and your communication with elected officials will ensure that communities nationwide continue to benefit from orchestral music.

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