Music Matters: On April 3, NAfME Will Visit Capitol Hill to Discuss the Importance of Music Education


The Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus has invited the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to participate in “Music Matters,” an April 3 briefing about the importance and impact of music education. The bipartisan caucus was launched by Rep. Martha L. Fudge (Ohio, 11th District) in 2012.

Broader Minded,  the hugely successful advocacy campaign from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME),  is continuing to pick up steam across the country.

Following closely on the heels of significant national, regional, and local media coverage, the initiative’s argument about “music for music’s sake” is now about to make a measurable impression on Capitol Hill as well.

The briefing will take place at 2 pm in Room 2456 of the Rayburn House Office Building. NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer will give opening remarks.

The panelists will be:

  • Chris Woodside, NAfME assistant executive director for the Center for Advocacy and Constituency Engagement 
  • Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programming for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
  • Jennifer Mondie, violist and orchestra committee chairman for the National Symphony Orchestra
  • Paul Cothran, executive director of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation 

Woodside will discuss Broader Minded, which argues that music does something even better for our students than what can be measured directly with a test score.  Music shapes the way students understand themselves and the world around them. 

It allows for deep engagement with learning.  It nurtures creativity, curiosity, and personal motivation.  In other words, music is essential to a superior 21st-century education. 


Visit the Broader Minded website to sign up for updates.


 Roz Fehr,  NAfME managing editor for news, March 29, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (