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

June 9, 2016

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a bill to fund in FY 2017 the US  Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor, and certain related independent agencies.   The bill passed 29-1.  The bill funds the U.S.

February 22, 2016

Last year, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), landmark legislation that lists access to music education as part of a well-rounded education.

January 5, 2016

In December of 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

November 12, 2015
President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 10, 2015, effectively reauthorizing ESEA and thus creating a framework to increase access to music and arts...
March 31, 2015

Access to music and arts education for all students is a top priority for NAMM. On April 15, the California Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on SB 725, a proposal to update the visual and performing arts (VAPA) content standards.

December 16, 2014

Include some or all of the events outlined below in your 2015 NAMM Show plans. Attend forums and events on regulatory issues, advocacy strategies, and participate in our first-ever NAMM Show "day of service." Don't miss out, more information below. 

October 7, 2014

Last week, Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, issued new guidance for states and districts to focus on education equality.