Music for All is continuing its efforts to expand the role of music and the arts in education by joining the Music Education Policy Roundtable (MEPR). MEPR works to ensure the presence and perseverance of school music programs, by advocating for Music Education policy among political and governmental agencies.
“Encouraging strong policymaking and public commitment to music and arts education are fundamental strategies of Music for All,” said Eric L. Martin, President and CEO. “Joining and being active in the Music Education Policy Roundtable is a logical way for us to advance our vision to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music making in his or her scholastic environment.”
“We are pleased to welcome Music for All to the Roundtable,” said Michael A. Butera, executive director and CEO of NAfME. “We take our cause seriously. We in the field know that music has a demonstrable impact on student learning and reaches far beyond the school. We want to ensure that every child has access to music in school. Working together with our Roundtable partners, we plan to help others learn how music education orchestrates success.”
A group created and administered by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) in February of 2011, MEPR is the unification of many music education advocacy organizations under a single banner. The roundtable works to achieve a consensus of federal legislative recommendations with the aim to ensure the presence and perseverance of school music programs operated by certified music educators teaching sequential, standards-based music education to students across the nation.
Music for All joins the impressive and growing collection of music education advocacy organizations that make up The Music Education Policy Roundtable, including: NAfME, American String Teachers Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Chorus America, Drum Corps International, Education through Music, Gordon Institute for Music Learning, GRAMMY Foundation, iSchoolMusic.org, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Music Merchants, National Music Council, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Percussive Arts Society, Phi Mu Alpha, Quadrant Arts Education Research, The Recording Academy, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and more.