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APPENDIX

Resources

For every problem faced by your advocacy group, there is an answer—you only need to know where to find it. Use these books and other resources in your work for music education.

“America’s Culture Begins with Education.” Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1990.

Arts in Schools: State by State. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1988.

Bacon’s Publicity Checker. 2 vols. Chicago, IL: Bacon’s Publishing, 1990.

Benham, John. School Music and Reverse Economics (videotape). Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

Beyond the Classroom: Informing Others. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1987.

Creativity in the Workplace and Beyond—Statements by 12 Business Leaders. New York: Business Committee for the Arts, 1991.

Data on Music Education. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1990.

Directory of State Education Agencies. Washington, DC: Council of Chief State School Officers, 1989.

Fowler, Charles. Can We Rescue the Arts for America’s Children? Coming to Our Senses—10 Years Later. New York: American Council for the Arts, 1988.

Getto, Elissa O. TIPS: Public Relations. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1988.

Lautzenheiser, Tim. “A Way of Learning.” On Let’s Make Music/A Way of Learning (videotape). Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

Lehman, Paul. A Realistic Rationale for Teaching Music. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1985.

Lehman, Paul. Music in Today’s Schools: Rationale and Commentary. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1987.

Mancini, Henry. “Let’s Make Music.” On Let’s Make Music/A Way of Learning (videotape). Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

Making Sense of School Budgets. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1989.

Music Booster Manual. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1989.

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Manual. Attn.: Dr. R. K. Mastain, PO Box 2431, Sacramento, CA 95812-2431.

National Coalition for Music Education. Action Kit for Music Education. Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

National Coalition for Music Education. “Growing Up Complete: The Imperative for Music Education—Executive Summary” (brochure). Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

National Coalition for Music Education. “Music Education and Your Child” (brochure). Reston, VA: National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

National Coalition for Music Education. “Music Makes the Difference” (brochure). National Coalition for Music Education, 1991.

National Commission on Music Education. Growing Up Complete: The Imperative for Music Education. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1991.

Promoting School Music: A Practical Guide. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1984.

The School Music Program: Description and Standards. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1986.

Shuler, Scott. Words of Note: Making Arts Education Curricular. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1990.

Testimony to Music. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1986.

Toward Civilization: A Report on Arts Education. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts, 1988.

Tucker, Kerry, and Doris Derelian. Public Relations Writing: A Planned Approach for Creating Results. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989.

Voices of Industry. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference, 1990.

Why We Need the Arts. New York: American Council for the Arts, 1989.

Working Press of the Nation. 5 vols. Chicago, IL: National Research Bureau, 1988.

“Working Together for Quality Music Education for All Students” (brochure). Reston, VA: MENC, 1988.

Appendix 2: A Brief Rationale for Music Education

  • Music has always played a major role in society. It exalts the human spirit and enhances the quality of life.
  • One fundamental purpose of education is to transmit out cultural heritage, and music is a powerful means for communicating that message.
  • Music helps students to develop and mature. Musical potential is one of the basic abilities that exists in every human being.
  • Music in education provides both motivation and an opportunity for success for at-risk students. Because it is essential that every student succeed in school, music should be used as a means for enhancing self-esteem, respect for others, and good citizenship.
  • Music study can help students understand the nature of mankind. It provides a readily accessible avenue to the study of other cultures.
  • Music uses one of the most powerful and complex symbol systems in existence, which can be used for the development of critical thinking skills in all students.
  • Music helps students with the aspects of life that cannot be quantified. Since much in education emphasizes true/false tests and other “objective” measures, students need experiences in which there are opportunities for several acceptable interpretations to any given problem. By providing exercises in creative problem solving through composition, performance, and listening, music brings a proper balance to the curriculum.

Petition Sheet

Just as there can be no music without learning, no education is complete without music. Music makes the difference.

Yes! I want to make music education a driving force in America’s schools. If your children are to succeed in the workforce and world of the future, they must be provided with a well-rounded educational curriculum incorporating music and the other arts. NAME            ADDRESS ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________  

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