meprAMP is proud to be one of twenty-eight member organizations, under the umbrella of the Music Education Policy Roundtable, who have come together to call on politicians to confirm their support for quality classroom music education for all U.S. students.

Founded in 2012 by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the American String Teachers Association, the Music Education Policy Roundtable has grown from a handful of music education groups to 28 non-profit organizations plus two corporate supporters (J.W. Pepper and Sons, Inc., and Music Sales Group) today.

Approximately 500,000 individual members are represented by the collective member organizations of the Roundtable, calling on Congress to “maintain the status of the arts as a core academic subject in any reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).”
The Roundtable specifies seven areas in which music education can be fully supported in a way that is applicable specifically to music educators:
• Evaluation
• Research
• Accountability
• Funding
• Accessibility
• Charter Schools
• Early Childhood Education

“Our nation’s progress depends on the success of our students,” reads the letter to U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee members, and U.S. House Workforce and Education Committee members, “and we know music education is a critical component of a complete education, preparing students for the 21st century workforce.”

“As candidates are running for election or re-election this fall, we want to hear that full support for classroom music is a part of their education platforms,” said Christopher Woodside, NAfME Assistant Executive Director. “The new 114th Congress has a critical opportunity in this era of high-stakes testing to ensure a complete education for all of our nation’s students that answers their needs beyond the bubble tests. We urge them to include music education in their reauthorization of the ESEA.”

The Music Education Policy Roundtable letter to candidates can be read in its entirety here. Roundtable-letter-to-candidates-2014