Music education

Access to music education programs in schools is a cornerstone of NAMM’s vision and mission. Educators, parents and other stakeholders overwhelmingly agree that quality music programs contribute to student retention, graduation rates, and overall success in school. High quality, evidence-based studies compiled by the Arts Education Partnership’s Music Matters, shows that music education equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, achieve in other academic subjects, and develop the capacities, skills and knowledge essential for lifelong success.


NAMM Foundation Funded Music Research

Music research informs policy objectives and advocacy actions. NAMM’s support for Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern University allows for the investigation of the neural encoding of speech and the impact of music training on cognition. To learn more about Professor Kraus’s research, visit the NAMM Foundation website.

Celebrate Music Education in your Community

The SupportMusic Coalition is a signature program of the NAMM Foundation and a public service initiative that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the U.S. This advocacy effort now unites over 10,000 national, regional and international organizations comprised of parents, business and community leaders, and educators seeking to improve access and opportunity in music and arts learning. To learn more or to join the coalition, please visit the NAMM Foundation website's Get Involved Page.

Other Resources:
National Association for Music Education
National Core Arts Standards

July 6, 2017

The NAMM Foundation has announced that the organization will benefit 24 different music education programs with $675,000 in grants, an increase made possible by NAMM Foundation donors.

September 1, 2016

Earlier this week, Californian Assembly Bill 2862, calling for the adoption of new California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards unanimously passed the legislature and is now headed to Governor Brown’s desk for approval.

September 11, 2017


June 6, 2017

The Recreational Music Making (RMM) Forum is the place to be to get detailed information on how to host or support a successful Make Music Day event in your city.

June 6, 2017

The SupportMusic Coalition on Coalitions Forum will feature national education policy updates, inspiring discussion and state music education advocacy team reports. Join with NAMM members and music education colleagues...

June 1, 2017

Nearly 100 music industry leaders, notable artists and arts education activists traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs.

June 1, 2017

The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education have begun the public comment period on California’s Draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan.

May 18, 2017

NAMM members will return to the nation’s capital this spring for the organization’s 13th Annual Washington, D.C. Fly In for Music Education, May 22-25, 2017.

April 10, 2017

Districts and schools that are recognized as a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) have been announced.