Music Education Policy Roundtable

What is the Music Education Policy Roundtable?

Mission and Core Values:

The Music Education Policy Roundtable is a public policy coalition led by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), which advocates on behalf of ensuring the continued presence and perseverance of high quality music programs in America’s schools. Consisting of a many great music education organizations, the Roundtable is unified under a single policy banner and works 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. The Roundtable believes that music education should be taught by certified music educators, delivering sequential, standards-based music education to all students across the nation, regardless of personal circumstance or background.

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, taught by certified-music educators.
  • 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. 

2021 Presidential Transition

In January 2021, the Roundtable submitted a letter to President-Elect Joseph R. Biden’s Transition team detailing education policy proposals that would advance the goal of a relevant and equitable music education for all students.

Legislative Materials

ESSA 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.