BROADER MINDED™ HEADS TO CAPITOL HILL FOR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING

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Contact: Nelson Duffle at NAfME

                                nelsond@nafme.org or (703) 860-4000

                              

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BROADER MINDED™ HEADS TO CAPITOL HILL FOR CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING

 

National Association for Music Education to play key role at Rock and Roll Caucus

panel discussion on April 3 on the impact of music education in public schools

 


RESTON, VA  (April 2, 2014) – The highly successful music advocacy initiative – Broader Minded™ – from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) will be a featured part of a Congressional briefing tomorrow, April 3, at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room2456) on Capitol Hill.

 

This will be the first time NAfME has participated in a Capitol Hill briefing of this type in nearly a decade, and the specifics of the Broader Minded movement will be an integral part of the discussion.

 

Spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, [OH-11], the briefing is being called “Music Matters” and will include opening remarks from NAfME president and Ohio-based professor Nancy Ditmer.  In addition, NAfME’s Assistant Executive Director Christopher Woodside will be one of the panelists, and will present a summary of the Broader Minded initiative, followed by a showing of the Broader Minded informational video.

 

“Opportunities such as this one are extremely rare,” said Woodside.  “They demonstrate the progress that we are making in both furthering the cause for music education and asserting our relevance.  The fact that NAfME has been invited to participate in this briefing is quite significant and I look forward to carrying our message to the Hill on Thursday.”

 

The panel will also include representatives from several other prominent music education organizations – Dr. Lauren Onkey (Vice President of Education and Public Programming from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum), Jennifer Mondie (Violist and Orchestra Committee Chairman, National Symphony Orchestra), and Paul Cothran (Executive Director, VH1 Save the Music Foundation).

 

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National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.  With more than 130,000 members, the organization is the voice of music education in the United States.

 

 

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 For additional information, contact Nelson Duffle at NelsonD@nafme.org