A Well-Rounded Music Education | Every Student Succeeds Act

May 17, 2016

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Signed into law last December was a rewrite to the No Child Left Behind initiative naming music as a subject that should be included in all K-12 schools to satisfy a well-rounded education. This rewrite not only gives music and arts instructors the ability to prevent their programs from being cut from the school budgets, but also provides access to state and federal funds.

Music educators now have reason to celebrate, and students have finally won the opportunity for a balanced and science supported education. For year music teachers have understood the value of music education. In more recent years countless research studies have support what we always believed to be true.

Now is the time for public school music educators to step out boldly with sound programs. Programs that are grounded in creative thinking and engagement in higher order thinking skills. Our efforts will make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and the longevity of this decision.


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