NAMM Joins Canadian Tradition of 'Music Monday' to Inspire Appreciation of Music Making in U.S. Schools and Communities

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Simultaneous Performance Aims to Unite Music Lovers Through Song

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Mon, 12/08/2008

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, announced today that it will again join the Coalition for Music Education in Canada in its fifth annual Music Monday event May 4, 2009, to demonstrate the galvanizing power of making music and kick off its annual Wanna Play Music Week.

NAMM joined the event for the first time last year, which inspired more than 700,000 students across North America to participate in a simultaneous concert and celebrate music education in schools. In addition, many community and professional organizations participated in the event to show their support for music education. Also, Australia recently held a Music Monday event of its own in the fall.

This year, NAMM is encouraging more U.S. schools and organizations to sing and play together and heighten the public’s awareness about how music education empowers children with important tools such as creativity, achievement and social engagement. Many schools across the country have cut music programs because of lack of funding and cannot offer students the proven benefits associated with hands-on musical training. 

As a not-for-profit association, NAMM has supported research to examine the effects of music on children and adolescents. The studies have shown that playing music positively affects the development of cognitive skills in children and teens. The activity also builds confidence, instills self-discipline, increases productivity and helps kids and teens connect socially with their peers.

Studies specifically show that playing music:

  • Develops skills needed by an innovative 21st century workforce: critical thinking, imagination, creative problem solving, effective communication and teamwork
  • Keeps students engaged in school and less likely to drop out
  • Improves the atmosphere for learning and is correlated with better grades and test scores in other academic areas
  • Helps communities share ideas and values among cultures and generations
  • Provides a sense of both individuality and belonging for teens
  • Helps adolescents release or control emotions and cope with life’s more difficult situations

The 2009 Music Monday song will be “Sing Sing” by Serena Ryder, whose album If Your Memory Serves you Well recently went Gold. The song will be sung and played by all schools and participants across North America at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 11 a.m. Mountain time, 12 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Eastern time and 2 p.m. Atlantic time, and 2:30 in Newfoundland, uniting them symbolically through one piece of music. Many arrangements will be added to the Music Monday Web site by the end of the year, in addition to an arrangement and support kit specifically created for elementary teachers to work with very young children.

To register your school or organization as a participant in “Music Monday,” and to receive your Music Monday materials and a copy of the song “Sing Sing,” please e-mail musicmonday@namm.org.

To further support music in schools, the NAMM Foundation and MENC, the National Association for Music Education, lead the SupportMusic Coalition, of which the Coalition for Music Education in Canada is a part. The SupportMusic Coalition comprises more than 200 organizations that represent more than seven million concerned citizens worldwide looking for ways to provide a complete education that includes music and arts instruction for all children.

For more information and links to national, state and local organizations working together to keep music education strong, go to www.supportmusic.com. Organizations interested in participating in the SupportMusic Coalition, write to info@namm.org.
 

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The NAMM Foundation Supports Grant at the University of Colorado Denver to Examine Value of Local K-12 Music Education Programs

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Mon, 08/04/2008

The Center for Education Policy Analysis at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, today announced the award of a grant from the NAMM Foundation to conduct research on the economics and benefits of music education in Jefferson County public schools, Colorado’s largest school district.

The proposed research will investigate the following:

1. What are the total resources used in music education in the district, and how do these resources vary by school?

2. What is the relationship between the amount of resources used for music education and the richness, diversity, alignment and quality of the music program at the school?

3. Is there a correlation between the amount of resources used at the school level and student learning outcomes, such as student assessment scores and graduation rates, and community support, such as school choices and participation in music events?
 

According to Co-Principal Investigator Robert Reichardt from the Center for Education Policy Analysis at UCD, as a “local control” state, Colorado districts decide whether and how to offer music education based on a patchwork of funding from state and local sources. The total amount of resources dedicated to music education will usually not be reflected in district line-item budgets because of the many different funding sources, including grants and donations originating outside the school finance system.
 

“A simple review of school budgets does not permit a thorough understanding of the sources and distribution of funds for music education either at the school or district level,” said Reichardt. “This hampers school and district leadership in making decisions about strategic resource allocation for music education; frustrates advocates and opinion leaders; and prevents policy makers from accurately weighing the support for music education as they grapple with competing priorities in an era of limited budgets.”

National school finance experts from the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington and music education experts from the University of Colorado Boulder will contribute to the study.
 

Mary Luehrsen, executive director of The NAMM Foundation, said that the research “has the potential to reveal important connections between resource allocation, the true cost of music education in public schools, and its value.”
 

About the School of Public Affairs/University of Colorado Denver
Ranked among the top public affairs schools nationwide, the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs provides comprehensive educational choices for those interested in public service and is committed to leading the field through innovative education and programming. The Center for Education Policy Analysis provides applied research and program evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation that enhance the capacity of local and national education communities to make informed decisions and solve problems, especially to ensure the most efficacious use of public resources and improve access and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. For more information, visit www.cudenver.edu/Academics/Colleges/SPA/
 

About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
 

2009–10 Summer NAMM Dates Announced

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Thu, 07/31/2008

NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, today announced that 2009 Summer NAMM will take place July 17–19 in Nashville, Tenn. NAMM also said the dates of the second industry gathering will move back to June 18–20 in 2010 and will remain in late June for the foreseeable future, making sure not to overlap with InfoComm, another industry event.

“We received a lot of feedback concerning the dates of Summer NAMM,” said Kevin Johnstone, director of trade shows, NAMM. “The majority of buyer attendees told us that they preferred holding the show in June for a number of reasons. Unfortunately, the only dates available in June 2009 conflicted with InfoComm, so we decided that July would be the best available option for our Members—and beyond that, we will hold Summer NAMM in late June.”

The 2008 Summer NAMM event was judged to be a success by most NAMM Members. At show close, NAMM reported a 36 percent increase in registration with 17,473 total registrants for the three-day event, including a 45 percent increase in international registrants. Exhibitor numbers were also up at the Nashville Convention Center, with 483 companies displaying and demonstrating products.

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