This past week I was fortunate to be able to attend the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California where a record 95,000+ converged for the largest and longest-running musical instruments and products trade show in the United States. On Friday I participated at the SupportMusic.com Coalition conference call where the NAMM Foundation launched the 13th Annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Survey, a nationwide search to identify and recognize communities whose programs exemplify a strong commitment to music education as part of a complete and quality education for all children. The 2012 survey is live and will remain open through Friday, March 9, 2012. The survey can be completed by visiting the NAMM Foundation web site.
Additionally, I was thrilled to be a part of Music Education Days at NAMM, where over 450 teachers, music administrators and a handful of loyal parents participated in incredible clinics by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Marcia Neel, John Jacobson (aka Double Dream Hands), Dr. Jim Frankel as well as fantastic performances by The Canadian Brass and Brea Olinda H.S. Maquerade Show Choir. Quite honestly, this group was as good as anything I have seen on GLEE.
I write about this because I would venture to guess that most parents and educators for that matter, are not aware that the NAMM Show has a place for them.
Over the last number of years, NAMM and the musical products industry continues to recognize and expand the important connection with the music education profession and have gone out of their way to create these incredible opportunities for teachers and parents alike. I encourage you to start planning now to participate next January at our parent conference and click the link above to start the survey of the Best Communities for Music Education. The process will be eye opening to each of you. You can also see the full release on BCME here.