A brief interview of Adam Savage from Mythbusters… supporting the inclusion of the Arts in education.
On the eve of the 108th birthday of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the best possible present was handed to us: recognition of music as a core subject in draft federal education policy.
This is an unprecedented enumeration in proposed federal legislation.
This is an incredibly exciting day, and we are all so proud to represent the work that you do for young people, in schools and institutions of higher learning, all across the country. Thank you for your passion, persistence, and patience—YOU have earned this. Please take a moment to celebrate before we get back to it!
There Is Power in Numbers
Early this year, NAfME mobilized music advocates to send more than 10,000 letters to their lawmakers-and the result is a new bipartisan Senate Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal, the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” that retains the core academic subject section from No Child Left Behind, and, additionally, adds “music” as a specifically enumerated core academic subject.
“This is game-changing news,” said NAfME Assistant Executive Director Chris Woodside. “This is an enormous achievement, and the DIRECT result of the incredible grassroots advocacy efforts of our members over the past few months. Today we are celebrating our members as we celebrate this crucial step forward.”
“The benefits of listing the arts as core demonstrate the importance of recognizing our nation’s education priorities at the federal level,” Woodside wrote recently in Roll Call. “The elimination of core academic subjects from ESEA would jeopardize national efforts to ensure that all students, regardless of race or economic status, have access to high quality school music programs. . . . music advocates . . . must engage with Congress to urge the inclusion of music in federal statute.”
As the Senate HELP Committee marks up this new proposal next week, NAfME will be present during those deliberations, standing for our members, in order to ensure that this crucial language is preserved in the draft.
Giving Credit Where It Is Due
We owe it to our members, who have stood by us for more than a century, for making NAfME the National Voice for Music Education. Founded 108 years ago this week, in 1907, NAfME today represents 140,000 student and teacher members who are members of our middle/junior- and senior-high school Tri-M Music Honor Societies, Collegiate NAfME chapters on campuses around the nation, and our more than 60,000 PreK-12 music teachers, who work daily to ensure our students receive a quality music education-which prepares them for the 21st century workplace.
Again, we thank each and everyone of you for your hard work in and out of the classroom to ensure that EVERY student has access to quality music education. BRAVO!
For those interested in the letter writing campaign to members of congress in support http://www.broaderminded.com/petition.html
The final Music Parents meeting of this school year will be held at 6:30 this evening in the band room at MHS. The meeting usually ends between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Grateful thanks to all volunteers who will be graduating out with their seniors – your work has been appreciated!
Thank you to the many parents and students who attended the MPS Board of Education meeting this past Monday. What a great show of support (and with with such short notice) for the 5th grade music program!
As a reminder of what’s happening… during the past couple of years, some elementary schools have removed the one class period of instrumental and vocal music that was held during the school day and placed it after school… with some classes beginning 30 minutes after the end of school! The before school classes are still held, just as they have for many years. Sadly, without that one class during the school day, the percentage of children enrolled in instrumental and vocal music is under pressure. The chipping away at the 5th grade music program needs to be reversed before there is a collapse in enrollment. A proactive vision is what will keep the MPS music program healthy and vibrant. This is the same issue that has been discussed during the past two years. Many parents and a former MHS drum major all spoke up at the board of education meeting – it was obvious that you, the high school parents, share a mutual concern for the health of the foundation of the MPS music program… a foundation which begins in the 5th grade.
Administrators will hold a meeting next week with a representative of the Dow and Midland High music parents organization and two high involved music parents. Our goal is to have that 1/2 hour of music for each of the vocal and instrumental classes returned to the school day at the elementary schools where they have been removed during the past couple of years. There will be additional topics covered that seek to ensure the long-term health of the MPS music program.
The momentum you created will not be lost. Your efforts are appreciated.
Shannon Krueger, MHS Music Parents President
Send someone you love a musical hug!! The Meistersingers are delivering Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb 12th and Friday, February 13th. They will deliver all around the area. For only $10 a song you can send someone special a unique gift. We have groups of girls and groups of guys ready to serenade. Beginning Feb. 2nd, orders will be taken during lunch in Eyeball! See the order form for details and a list of song choices. Order forms can also be given to any member of Meisters or Mrs. Breneman. Please download the order form! MHS Choir – Singing Valentines Form 2015
The following is from Mrs. Kathy Peretz, MPS Lead Music Teacher and Steering Committee Chair of the Looking Sharp Fund…