Music Education Policy Roundtable

What is the Music Education Policy Roundtable?

Mission and Core Values:

The Music Education Policy Roundtable is the vehicle of infrastructure through which organizations dedicated to ensuring the presence and preservation of school music programs operated by certified music educators teaching sequential, standards-based music education to students across the nation collectively advocate for these goals.

Originally conceived of and formalized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and American String Teachers Association (ASTA) in June 2012, the Roundtable shield has come to represent the unification of a great many music education organizations unified under a single policy banner, working together in efforts to achieve a consensus set of federal legislative recommendations, on behalf of the profession and all of those who stand to benefit from its contributions to education.

Areas of Work:

  • Policy development
  • Federal advocacy
  • State-level advocacy support
  • Advocacy training
  • Music education advocacy PR
  • Web content and support
  • Membership development

Roundtable Guiding Commitments:

  • To stand in unison, first and foremost, for the perseverance of sequential, standards-based music education in America’s schools.
  • To utilize our annual Federal Legislative Agenda to benefit music education, however possible, ensuring consistency of policy goals amongst Roundtable member-groups, whenever possible.
  • To foster, facilitate and engage grassroots advocacy capacity building activities being conducted by Roundtable member-groups in the field, in efforts to protect music programs.
  • To regularly interact with and share our policy work with arts education supporters from across the country, in order to bolster the overall impact of our collective advocacy work. 

2017 Presidential Transition

The Music Education Policy Roundtable and NAfME recently submitted a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump’s Transition team, suggesting education policy proposals that would ensure the continued presence and perseverance of school music programs.

To view the letter, please visit here.

Legislative Materials

2016 Legislative Backgrounders:


Statement by NAfME and the Roundtable on NC Class Size Mandate Affecting Music Education

Statement by MEPR on Laconia Public School (Laconia, New Hampshire) Cuts on K-12 Music Education

Statement by MEPR on Hazelwood Public School (St. Louis County, Missouri) Cuts on Elementary Music Education

Statement of Support by MEPR on the Every Student Succeeds Act 2015

Grassroots Advocacy Resources

Current Roundtable Members:


For archived Roundtable statements and legislative materials, please visit here.