Resources for Parents and Other Music Advocates
Parents, your child’s music program matters to you! So how do you make sure it matters to your school’s administrators and district’s school board and other decision-makers? Your voice is powerful, and you can use it to promote the long-lasting benefits for all students—including your own.
So, what can you do? Here are 5 ways you can support your music program:
- Get involved in your music booster group and/or volunteer in the classroom. Your teachers have ideas, and you could be the answer.
- Thank your school principal for supporting your child’s music program and music teacher. “Thank you” is not something they hear every day. And it shows you’re paying attention.
- Write your local/national newspaper a letter-to-the-editor about what music has meant for your child. It only takes 80 to 100 words, but it can go a long way. Lawmakers and other decision-makers are keeping track of what constituents want.
- Invite your school board members, county/district supervisors, state/national lawmakers to your child’s school concert. No, really! They may see it as only a public relations opportunity when they come, but when they leave, they’ll understand why music matters in all schools.
- Reach out to local media. Whether on radio, TV, or in print, your school music program has a story to tell. See the “Public Relations 101” resource for advocates below for more ideas.
Here are more resources and ideas. Keep checking this page for updates.
Resources for Parents
- How Parents Can Support Their Children’s Music Program, and flyer option 2
- Jason and Jenna Day, “A Parent’s Perspective: What Music Has Given Our Children”
- Anthony Mazzocchi, “3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument”
- Anthony Mazzocchi, “An End-of-Year-Letter to New Music Parents”
- Amy Nathan, “The Music Parenting Tightrope“
- “20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools“
Resources for Booster Groups
- Kathleen Heuer, “Why Join a Music Booster Group? The Surprising Benefits”
- Kathleen Heuer, “They’re Not Done after Their Diploma: A Guide to Engaging Your Alumni”
- Anthony Mazzocchi, “3 Ways It Takes a Community to Develop a Great Music Program”
Resources for Advocates
- Donate to NAfME to support music educators and music education advocacy
- Donate today to Give a Note Foundation to support underserved schools
- Free Webinar on ESSA and Music Education and Title IV, OTLs, and You!, Federal Funding Facts, and 2017 Federal Landscape and more available at the Public Policy Hub.
- “Everything ESSA” resource page on the new federal education bill’s impact on music
- Anthony Mazzocchi, “An Open Letter to All Boards of Education about the Power of Music and the Arts in Schools”
- Anthony Mazzocchi, “3 Reasons Why Now — More Than Ever — America Needs Music in its Schools“
- Learn how to join NAfME in advocating for music education and visit the Grassroots Action Center to learn how you can help today
- Connecting with Legislators
- Public Relations 101
- Collegiates: Save the date for the 2019 Collegiate Advocacy Summit, June 17-19, 2019.