Issues & Advocacy

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.

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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

March 17, 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.

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.

April 10, 2017

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

April 6, 2017

In a letter delivered to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued information for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

February 8, 2017

NAMM presented unique learning opportunities during The 2017 NAMM Show. “Only at The NAMM Show” sessions presented information on issues that impact your business and celebrate and promote music education and music making opportunities for all people.

February 7, 2017

State education departments are required under the Every Student Succeeds Act to conduct "meaningful consultation" with their state legislatures and governors, and that's just begun in many states.

September 14, 2016

The most important thing we have learned in our advocacy efforts is that relationships matter.  Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, we are able to work with policymakers--- at all levels of government--- to advance music and arts education.  As the post-Labor Day election season is here,...

August 30, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal education law that was enacted in 2015 defines music as part of a “well-rounded education.” Implementation of the law and distribution of funds is scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year, and to get ready to submit their plans state education entities...

July 19, 2016

ARTSSPEAK is a national nonpartisan policy forum held at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to discuss the transformative power of the arts to impact 21st century learning, the economy, and healing, especially for wounded military veterans and their families.

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