Researching Music Programs
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I am currently a senior in my university’s music education program, and am looking forward to my last year of music education classes and student teaching. But I have also started considering where I’d like to apply to work, once I’ve graduated. Unlike many of my classmates, I don’t have my heart set on teaching in any state in particular. I’m open to moving almost anywhere (which I am aware could mean a bit of extra work to get my teaching license accepted during the first year of employment).
Are there any resources out there for learning about how music programs are fairing in each state?
Do you have any recommendations for researching the approach of school district towards their music programs?
Thanks in advance for the help!
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) hosts a State Policy Database. It is a searchable database tracking the latest information on state policies that support learning and teaching in the arts. Though federal education policy identifies the arts as a core academic subject, access to high quality arts education is generally determined at the state level through statues (laws established by an act of the legislature) or codes (legislation that covers many laws). Find it at http://www.aep-arts.org/research-policy/state-policy-database/.
AEP also has the State of the States 2012, which summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or code for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Information is based primarily on results from the AEP Arts Education State Policy Survey conducted in 2010-11, and updated in April 2012. You can get to it from the same link above.
Also check out the NAfME Career Center resources: http://musiced.nafme.org/careers/career-center/resources/