In May 2018, I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Music Education Advocacy Fly-in in Washington, D.C. The goal of this program is to train NAMM members about the policies and priorities of the current administration so when they meet with members of Congress, they can better advocate for the importance of music education.
In my more than 30 years working in music education, I have observed a great deal of change. However, one constant is the overwhelming impact that music teachers have on the overall success of their students.
As the language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) becomes more familiar to educators, administrators and the general public, district officials must consider how the new law will impact their schools' strategies to provide all children with a "well-rounded" education.
Mobilized by band director Sean Furilla, the community of Canton, Georgia, came together in a widespread show of support for the Marie Archer Teasley Middle School band when parents, staff and community members worked to win five brass and woodwind instruments from Yamaha worth $20,000.